Belper opticians fundraise for Derby kidney patients
The Belper store has raised more than £1,500 for local resident Simon Elmore to launch new the Royal Derby Kidney Patient Association charity.
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Staff are supporting loyal customer and long-term transplant patient Simon Elmore in establishing the charity for patients who are experiencing kidney problems, which will cost £5,000 in the initial set up.
To date the store, along with sister stores Normanton and Derby, have collectively donated £1,000 to the start up fund.
The store also organised a fundraising day on Saturday 19 July when Simon and members of his support group spoke to customers about the charity and representatives from the Royal Derby Hospital distributed information leaflets outside the store.
The team also completed a charity walk on Sunday 27 July asking friends and family to sponsor them trekking 9 miles from the store to the White Hart in Bargate. They raised more than £500 from the two events, and will be organising more over the next few months.
Andy McBride, store director said, ‘It’s great that we have raised more than £1,500 for Simon and his charity. Over a fifth of the total has been raised just from the generosity and fortitude of our staff and customers.
‘The charity walk was a success and we’re hoping to raise more money in our upcoming fundraising activities we have planned. ’