LEEK United has been named as a Donna Louise ‘Hero’ for its fundraising efforts throughout 2018.
Society staff set themselves the task of raising £10,000 for the Stoke-on-Trent children’s hospice* during the year.
And they achieved ‘Hero’ status after reaching – and exceeding! – their goal earlier this month (December).
The money was raised via a range of fundraising events held throughout Leek United’s Branch network and Head Office, including: a concert; a charity football match; the Society’s annual corporate golf day; raffles; baked potato and home-made cake sales; and staff Christmas jumper days.
To mark the achievement, the Society received a special ‘Hero’ certificate during a presentation at The Donna Louise’s recently-opened shop in Blackfriars Road, Newcastle.
Simon Round, Leek United’s Head of Branch Network, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved Donna Louise ‘Hero’ status, thanks to the efforts and generosity of staff and customers who gave their time and money during 2018 – and we look forward to raising even more funds for this great charity in the New Year.”
Simon and Newcastle Branch Manager Lisa Worth (pictured) received the ‘Hero’ award on behalf of the Society - and Lisa and her Newcastle colleagues have already chosen The Donna Louise to be the focus of their branch fundraising throughout 2019.
Jayne Dono, Communications Officer at The Donna Louise, said: “We’re so grateful to Leek United, not just during 2018 but over a number of years, and their donations will make a massive difference to local families.
“We rely so much on the constant support of the local community; each year it costs more and more for the services and support we provide, so the work of our fundraising ‘Heroes’ really is vital to us.”
*The Donna Louise provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, as well as support for the whole family. It needs to raise £3 million every year to continue to provide this vital service.
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