What More staff raise £1,000 for children’s hospice

What More fundraisers (from the left) Matthew Hand, Jamie Mawson, Judy from Derian House, Julie Brannon, Karen Murray, Chris Weldrand, Emma Cook and Deborah Feeney.
What More fundraisers (from the left) Matthew Hand, Jamie Mawson, Judy from Derian House, Julie Brannon, Karen Murray, Chris Weldrand, Emma Cook and Deborah Feeney.

A grand Christmas draw organised by staff at an Altham manufacturer has raised £1,110 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

What More UK Ltd, which makes and distributes plastic housewares and other products from its base in Altham, has long-standing links with Derian House, previously donating a minibus.

Julie Brannon, one of the draw organisers, said: “We wanted to support the hospice again with our grand Christmas draw because of the great work it does.”

A total of 40 prizes were donated for the draw, together worth almost £2,400.

They included an Apple iPad, a night in a top Manchester hotel, an original painting, a luxury Italian food hamper, a paintballing extravaganza, concert tickets for the Manchester Arena, theme park tickets, shopping vouchers and bottles of wine and spirits.

“We want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who donated prizes,” said fellow draw organiser Matthew Hand.

Chris Weldrand, also from What More, added: “It felt like giving a Christmas present to someone who really deserves it.”

The draw brought to a close another year of What More staff supporting charities and local good causes, including Children in Need, Burnley Rugby Club, Accrington Civic Christmas, Burnley Choir and victims of the recent flooding in Cumbria.

To find out more about Derian House and how you can help, visit: www.derianhouse.co.uk