QD Stores across East Anglia including the one in Lynn, last year pledged to help raise £25,000 over three years for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) nook appeal.
The nook appeal is the charity’s campaign to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk, and includes building a new hospice five miles south of Norwich, called the nook.
On Wednesday Karl Ottolangui, associate director of QD Stores, proved that their actions have more than met their word as he handed over a cheque for the first £14,000 raised in just six months by the stores’ staff and customers to Lotte Rietveld, EACH Corporate Development Manager.
QD Stores have enlisted the help of both staff and customers in their quest to raise money for this cause. The company has donated money charged for 5p plastic bags across all its 45 stores and garden centres, while collection tubs have been put out by the tills.
James Collins, associate director – Trading at QD, said: “We’re all thrilled with the amount we’ve already raised for the nook appeal and we look forward to reaching our goal of £25,000.
“We have been holding fun days at Cherry Lane Garden Centres, staff throughout the company have been holding auctions and raffles and we have even had a ‘Wear a Football Shirt Day’ when all the staff at our distribution centre in Snetterton wore the tops of their favourite teams, except centre manager Steve Lake, who is an avid Ipswich Town supporter. He was forced to wear a Canaries shirt for the whole day, which he didn’t find at all easy!
“It has all added up to a lot of money and we’re so grateful to everyone who has donated – and we want them to keep on donating too!”
Lotte Rietveld, EACH Corporate Development Manager, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at QD and their customers who helped to raise this fantastic sum – it’s so impressive that this amount has been raised in just six months. All the money raised will go towards our nook appeal.
“In order to help make our vision of a new hospice for local life-threatened children and their families a reality we need the support of all sectors of the Norfolk community. This includes individuals, schools, community groups and of course the business sector to help us achieve our fundraising target. The continued support from QD is fantastic and we very much look forward to continuing to working with them.”
Nick Rubins, QD Stores Group CEO, added: “The work EACH does for local families is fantastic and we are delighted to be playing our part by raising funds to ensure those services continue. Our aim now is to carry on to our target of £25,000.”