19 May Meldrum are charity stars
A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy is just one of many children with reason to be grateful to a Gateshead-based company which has built up The Chronicle charity’s coffers by almost £30,000.
Meldrum Construction Services was busy fund-raising for the Sunshine Fund throughout 2015 – with such success it has won a special award from the charity.
Thanks to events ranging from office bake sales to its annual Demolition Ball, the company made a whopping total of £29,511 and took the Corporate Fund-raiser of the Year award for the highest total of the year.
Jack Duffy, from Newcastle, is among the disabled children who have been given a helping hand thanks to the company.
The youngster, who is visually impaired and has delayed development, has a disorder called Nonketotic hyperglycinemia which means he suffers seizures.
He was unable to use a baby chair but he’s now been bought a specialist chair which gives him the support he needs with his posture and enables him to sit up on his own and engage properly with his family.
Dave Meldrum, from Meldrum Construction Services, had a chance to meet Jack and was delighted to see how the company has helped him.
He said: “It is always nice to receive an award but I can honestly say the best award was meeting Jack and his family, full of smiles and positivity.
“Knowing that we have been able to make a small difference to their lives is such a great achievement for the company.”
During the year its staff also took part in the Sunshine’s Fund own popular annual fund-raiser, the Sunshine Run, and they remain keen to run up another high figure through ongoing support this year.
“We hope to be able to support more families in the future,” said Dave.
The money already raised has been used to buy a range of equipment including iPads, trikes, wheelchairs and hoists for needy children.
Rebecca Jama, the Sunshine Fund’s events executive, thanked the company for its “fantastic support”.
She said: “They have helped to make the lives of not only Jack and his family better but also the lives of children across the North East.”