Friday, 22 September 2017

Charity receives £22,000 minibus after fund-raising ball

Charity receives £22,000 minibus after fund-raising ball

A NEW minibus has been donated to the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

The £22,000 Vauxhall Movano can carry up to six passengers and is wheelchair- accessible.

The money was raised at a ball which was organised by Kiren Sharma, who runs Reading employment agency Gravity Personnel, and held at the Hilton Hotel in Reading. More than 340 people attended.

Mr Sharma was helped by Sue Roberts, of corporate events firm Sue Roberts & Associates, with an auction and silent auction. Various companies donated to have their names included on the minibus. Mr Sharma, from Pangbourne, said: “Sue Ryder is an absolutely fantastic charity which you don’t appreciate until you experience what it does.

“I experienced it a few months ago when my brother-in-law went into the Reading hospice. So many people are suffering but for their last few days, weeks and months they are very well looked after.”

Tracey Hancock, head of fund-raising for Sue Ryder, said: “We are hugely grateful. The bus will make a massive difference to our ability to transport patients to and from our day care facility.”

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