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Charity brings people together

Diane Mason, Jane Lewis, Louise Palfreyman and Tracey Binny.

Published on 04 February 2020 01:05 PM

Jane Lewis believes in the power of giving. Every year, she and her colleagues at Shrewsbury’s BT telephone exchange get involved in fundraising efforts for local causes, often as a personal way of saying thank you.

To Jane, a data quality executive, supporting a good cause should resonate with every individual involved. She makes sure that everyone has a say in who they are supporting and finds that once people are behind a charity, they will give 110 per cent.

Jane and her colleagues raised more than £1,176 recently at an annual fundraiser, which included a tombola with more than 200 prizes, a selection of home-baked cakes and samosas, and a raffle for gift vouchers. They split the money raised between Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, Severn Hospice and North Staffs LinkLine.

Supporting Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin’s network of dementia support groups and respite care is, for Jane and many others, a way of saying thank you. Recently Jane has been nursing her mother-in-law through dementia and was shown around our new dementia respite service in Shrewsbury.

‘Charity fundraising enables people to come together as part of a team giving back to the local community,’ said Jane. ‘It brings colleagues, family and friends together: to bake cakes, donate gifts for the tombola and give their time to help. Everyone is focused with one aim, to raise as much money as we can!’

‘Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is doing tremendous work providing respite care for people with dementia and at the charity’s recent Platinum Appeal launch, I was able to learn more about other vital support the charity provides within the community.’

‘Our annual fundraising event has been held for the past four years and is supported by family members and friends as well as colleagues. I am extremely touched by the level of enthusiasm this event receives and the generosity of our team and their families. It is very rewarding for us all to be able to support the local charities.’

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said: ‘Giving to charity can often be a personal thing, and we are always grateful to those who choose our cause to get behind. All of us at Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin would like to thank the team at Shrewsbury BT telephone exchange for their generous donation of £400, which will go towards our vital services supporting older people across the county.’

If you would like to fundraise for the Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Platinum Appeal, call us on 01743 233 123.