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Handbag amnesty raises hospice cash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

26/03/14 handbag amnesty Specialised Orthotic Services, Fauld - Handbag Amnesty Rainbows fundraising.F: Freya Smyth, MAx Dunkley.B: Carol Walton, Barbara Smyth, Marylin Oakley, Georgie Boothman, Michele Durose, Jackie Cox

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AN East Staffordshire firm has collected vital money for a hospice that cares for disabled youngsters via a fund-raiser with a difference.

Specialised Orthotic Services, based on the Fauld Industrial Park, in Tutbury, decided to organise a handbag amnesty in a bid to boost the coffers of Rainbows Hospice, in Loughborough.

More than £400 was raised as people handed over various bags of all shapes and sizes, which were then sold on to raise cash.

A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: “The handbag amnesty is an initiative organised by Rainbows Hospice for children and young people in Loughborough.

“Donations of handbags and purses in good condition are collected, ones they think somebody else will want to buy.

“These bags are then sold at various events, with 100 per cent of what is paid going directly to Rainbows Hospice.

“The event itself was held by at the home of Specialised Orthotic Services – the Burton Mail Business of the Year – in Tutbury, and was attended by staff, their family and friends.

“As well as selling the handbags, two stylists from Escape Hair design, in Borough Road, came to the event and provided inspiring hairstyling demonstrations and ran a raffle.

“To mark the occasion a special edition handbag-themed P-pod was produced and presented to two families who use the hospice on Rainbows’ behalf.

“The P-pod, designed and developed by the firm, is a simple yet effective postural support for use by disabled children and adults.

“The event itself and previous fund-raising meant a total of £400 was donated to the hospice.

“Three staff members were also congratulated on achieving an NVQ in customer service from levels two to four, which were achieved with Burton and South Derbyshire College and Stephenson College.

“Sarah Kent, Cara Hulland and Jill Smith all received their award certificates and are hoping to continue their development during their time with the firm.”

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