Some people just love dressing up. But for staff at the busy BP service station at Norton Canes services who donned tutus and bunny ears – it was all in a good cause.
The team collected a total of £329 from generous customers on what turned out to be a busy weekend and the monies raised will go to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children which has recently launched the Newlife Staffordshire Fund. Every penny donated or fundraised in Staffordshire is guaranteed to support families in the county.
Four ladies Sue Stubbs, Jo Corns, Kerry Perrin and Simone Charlesworth -were armed with buckets along with manager Steve Kellett. Though he wore bunny ears he was not brave enough to work the weekend in a tutu.
“We were told about Newlife a couple of years ago, and we have been involved ever since,” said Steve.
“It was good fun – we all enjoyed the weekend and it was a laugh getting dressed up.
“Quite a few people asked about the charity and once they learned what it was for they were more inclined to give. Customers were pleased we were supporting disabled children.”
Midlands Regional Fundraising & Awareness Manager for Newlife, Keleigh Tomlinson was full of praise for the group’s efforts.
“Steve and the team at BP Norton Canes services really highlighted the fun in fundraising as they got dressed up as bunnies and raised money over Easter,” said Keleigh.
“Thank you so much for your support, we are delighted to be your chosen charity and look forward to working together throughout the rest of the year. Together we are making a significant difference and helping children locally in Staffordshire.”
The Newlife Staffordshire Fund will support equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.
Vitally, the Staffordshire Fund website – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/staffordshire – will enable local people to find out who needs help in their county right now and highlights the support the charity gives vulnerable families. It includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – telephone number 01543 431 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families.
Pictured (L to R): Sue Stubbs, Jo Corns, Kerry Perrin and Simone Charlesworth