12:30 Monday 18 February 2013

Distribution giant raises £10k for two charities

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

TRANSPORT chiefs have raised £10,000 for two charities at a Burton distribution giant’s annual meeting.

Members of Palletforce, based in Callister Way, on the Centrum West business park, stumped up the cash for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Brain Tumour UK at an auction and raffle held during the event in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Chief executive Michael Conroy said: “Once again our members have been incredibly generous and helped us raise funds that will make a real difference to these two charities that do such brilliant work.”

Auction prizes included a signed Mo Farah photomontage, McLaren cap signed by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, and VIP tickets to an England-Australia cricket match.

Raffle prizes, meanwhile, included a case of champagne, Apple iPad and a supercar experience.

Air Ambulance corporate fund-raising manager Sarah Arnold said: “The charity relies on public generosity to operate and the support of key businesses is vital in ensuring the lifesaving charity can continue.

“The money raised will directly save lives.”

Brain Tumour UK fund-raiser Tracey Dunn said: “The money will either be used for our research at Nottingham University into improved drug administration or for one of our support groups for people with brain tumours.”

She said Palletforce was supporting the charity for a second year in a row by, for example, attending one of its balls and a golf day.

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