Kimberley: Trust’s “careavan” appeal off to flying start thanks to £1,500 cheque from Gillots

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A Kimberley charity’s new drive to raise £25,000 to send families of children and young people with cancer on holiday has been given a flying start thanks to a local firm.

The Ryan Lee Trust, which runs a drop-in centre in Main Street, has launched the new appeal in order to purchase and fit out a fully equipped holiday caravan in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, this month.

The charity is hoping that the local business community will help it to raise the money and the first company to answer the call was Gillotts Funeral Directors, which handed over a £1,500 cheque this week.

Gillotts partners Joanne Hutsby and Anthony Topley visited the drop-in centre to hand over the cheque to trust founder Deb Lee, who launched the charity when her son, Ryan, died in 2010 at the age of 15 after developing five brain tumours.

Deb said: “We are extremely grateful to Gillotts for their kind donation, which represents a wonderful start to our Care-avan Appeal.

“Raising £25,000 is a big task and we hope that businesses and individuals in Kimberley will be able to help us to achieve it because it promises to become a much-needed lifeline for families.

It will be based on a holiday park and will fully equipped to ensure that they can enjoy a well-earned break from the stressful treatment and hospital visits that become part of their day-to-day lives.”

Joanne Hutsby, a partner at Gillotts Funeral Directors, said: “We have got to know Deb and her team extremely well over the years and we know what a great and worthy cause the Ryan Lee Trust is.

“The Care-avan has the power to make a huge difference to the families who will use it.”