Huge boost for Ryan’s charity

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A KIMBERLEY charity has been given £10,000 by the owners of Giltbrook Retail Park.

The Ryan Lee Trust Fund has been handed the donation on the condition it match funds it with events at the retail park.

Charity chairman Deb Lee said it was an ‘awful lot of money’ that could make an ‘enormous difference’ to her charity.

She raises money for specialist equipment so terminally ill children can spend their final days living at home, rather than in hospital, and said the equipment was very expensive.

“Some products are £500 and some are £3,000 so it can make an enormous difference,” she said.

The regional manager of Savills, Dennis Copeland, presented Mrs Lee with a cheque outside the new Frankie and Bennys restaurant on the retail park last week, alongside Kimberley councillor Richard Robinosn who introduced the two parties.

Mrs Lee plans to kickstart her fundraising campaign with a huge sponsored zumbathon class in the car park outside Pets at Home, but said she does not yet have any other plans.

“It would be good to get shop staff involved and do events with children where we can do face painting and things like that,” she said.

“We’re going to have to have a think about what we can do.”

Mr Copeland added: “The trust’s shopping list is extensive and we’re pleased to help.”

The group zumbathon event takes place on June 22.

The Ryan Lee trust Fund was set up in 2010 after teenager Ryan died of a brain tumour.

After their own experiences, the family was inspired to help others seeking the dignity of living at home.

n The charity is hosting its annual Big Day Out sporting event at Kimberley Leisure Centre on May 20.

It includes dancing and biking events, stalls and facepainting and last year it raised £5,000.

Anybody interested in taking part in the Zumbathon, or who has auction prizes to donate for the Big Day Out event, should ring Mrs Lee on 07976 737 331.