A team of 38 runners will be taking part in September’s Richmond Running Festival to celebrate their company’s ‘coming of age’ – and help disabled and terminally ill children in London.
Oliver Bonas – the online department store with 44 High Street branches around the UK, including 24 in London – will be 21 years old this month (September) and staff are being encouraged to adopt the company motto and ‘Be Kind’.
Each member of the 38-strong team aims to raise a minimum of £100 – so that together they can help fund specialist disability equipment for local children.
They will be running on September 21 in aid of leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation, which supports thousands of families each year. Newlife offers a range of practical support services including Equipment Grants and – since 2005 – has funded 457 pieces of specialist equipment for children in Greater London, totalling £699,373. The figure UK-wide tops £11million.
Oliver Bonas’s Helene Tsouloupas said: “Oliver Bonas already supports Newlife Foundation by donating unwanted goods to its recycling and retail social enterprise business, which helps to fund the charity’s core services. Taking part in the Richmond Running Festival gives us an opportunity to build on this and get involved individually with our 21st birthday ethos to ‘Be Kind’.”
Newlife Foundation is currently working with the families of eight disabled and terminally ill children in Greater London, with equipment needs totalling £15,004. To find out more about the work of Newlife Foundation and its range of practical support services, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk or call the Newlife Nurse Helpline on freephone 0800 902 0095.
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