Plumbcall aid children's cancer charity
The trade counter staff at Plumbcall a plumbing materials supplier in Leeds, Plumbcall have helped to raise over £70,000 for Yorkshire children’s charity, CandleLighters after being inspired by a local cancer patient.
When Alfie Connor was diagnosed with Leukaemia at just three years old, Director of Plumbcall and Alfie’s Godfather, Gary Fox teamed up with Alfie’s father Ian to initially raise £10,000 for the charity. CandleLighters supported Alfie throughout his treatment.
Gary Fox commented, “The kindness shown to Alfie by CandleLighters truly was a shining light during a dark time. The work that the charity does to support children and families affected by cancer is so important and we are determined to give them the support they need. We hope that the funds we have raised so far will help other families going through the same problems we faced. We can’t thank them enough.”
Over three and a half years later, Alfie, who is now six years old, has been given the all clear. The fundraising team has also surpassed their target and raised more than £70,000 in total for the charity.
CandleLighters donated and paid for a playroom on the ward treating Alfie and paid the staff and nurses who worked in it. However due to the charity’s limited resources, the playroom was not able to open on a full time basis. Inspired by the charities’ support and the help given to Alfie and his family, Plumbcall decided to return the favour.
The guys at Plumbcall and the rest of ‘Team Alfie’ kick started their efforts by training for the Doncaster 10K where the fundraising target of £10,000 was set. With sights set high and a ‘where there is a will there is a way’ attitude, the fundraising efforts quickly gathered speed. Over 50 of Alfie’s family and friends took part in the run. The result? The team knocked their original target out of the water, raising over £20,000.
Since 2012, ‘Team Alfie’ have organised countless number of other fundraising events including cake sales, parachute jumps and a formal ball. As well as bringing more local awareness for the charity, the events have successfully convinced a number of other local businesses to donate thousands of pounds to the cause.
Recently, an old school friend of Alfies dad Ian, the ITV comedian, Keith Lemon confirmed his support for the charity and donated an additional £75,000 following his appearance on ITV’s ‘Million Pound Drop’.
Alfie’s family and ‘Team Alfie’ have worked tirelessly to support CandleLighters. The charity helps young children facing cancer in a number of ways, such as funding support staff in children’s cancer wards, providing clinical equipment and organising trips. CandleLighters also pays for hot drinks for staff, who work hard every day to support children on the ward. The staff are a friendly face and a person to turn to for families facing the battle against childhood cancer.