Boss pledges to help sick kids

Owner of excel cleaning solutions Bret Harrison in Heanor is donating money from any new business to Caudwell childrens charity
Owner of excel cleaning solutions Bret Harrison in Heanor is donating money from any new business to Caudwell childrens charity
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A Heanor businessman is pledging a share of cash from new contracts he lands to help terminally-ill children go on a dream trip to Florida.

Bret Harrison, who owns Excel Cleaning Solutions, on Newlands Road, is to give 15 per cent of profits from all new business to help the youngsters, some of whom havejust months to live, go on the holiday to Disney World as part of a scheme run by Caudwell Children.

The Stoke-on-Trent charity provides up to 150 seriously-ill children with the holiday of a lifetime as part of its Destination Dreams project - but this year it was struggling for funds. Bret, whose company handles major office-cleaning contracts across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said he was won over by the cause after meeting Rebecca O’Connor from the charity at a weekly business network meeting.

He said: “Each week Rebecca from Caudwell Children speaks about the wonderful work that the charity does. One week she spoke about the fact that the charity was facing the possibility of not being able to hold its 
annual Destination Dreams trip due to lack of funds.

“The thought of these children and families not being able to have what might be the only holiday they would get as a family really touched me and I felt compelled to help.”

Each year Caudwell Children needs to raise £250,000 to take youngsters on the trip. Rebecca said: “We are determined that the trip will go ahead and with the help of people like Bret we will make this happen.”