Eastwood Wetherspoons picks Ryan Lee Trust as local charity

Trustees of the Ryan Lee Trust who opened the family support centre on March 7: Shaun Lee, Deb Lee and Muriel Dewar.
Trustees of the Ryan Lee Trust who opened the family support centre on March 7: Shaun Lee, Deb Lee and Muriel Dewar.

Ale-truistic pub company JD Wetherspoon has selected the Ryan Lee Trust as its new local charity.

The Lady Chatterley on Nottingham Road, Eastwood announced on February 26 that it was looking for a good local cause to support.

Managers were inundated with responses online, including around seventy individual nominations for the family support centre for cancer patients on Main Street, Kimberley.

Duty manager at the pub Richard Withey, from Ilkeston, said: “They are well known charity in the local area, the work they do is fantastic - they obviously do a lot for the people they work with.

“We’ll be working with them now on an ongoing basis, along with CLIC, another charity we support which also helps children with cancer. “We’ll be putting onfundraising events, raffles and competitions .”

The pub received numerous suggestions for local charities, including over 70 separate nominations for the Ryan Lee Trust.

It said on it’s Facebook page: “ Due to the overwhelming response from you all for some truly deserving causes, we have decided to put all of the names into a hat.”

Trustee Deb Lee said: “I’m dead pleased, they’ve got the fliers in the pub now. I was ecstatic when I found out such a large company had picked us out of so many charities.

The charity continues to grow as more families with children suffering from cancer come forward.

Deb added: “It looks like we are getting more referrals. More than anything else people come to us through Facebook, and we are getting referral forms signed off by the hospital - it is sadly the case that cancer is growing and more and more children need our help.”

The Trust provides specialist equipment to families that need it and opened its care centre on Main Street, Kimberley, on Saturday, March 7.

For more information call Deb on or search Ryan Lee Trust on Facebook.