Havant staff rally round to help brain tumour charity

CASH BOOST From left, David Wellstead, Vicky Knight, Carole Reeds, Donna Frost, and Hollie Pearce present their cheque to Helen Bulbeck, from brainstrust
CASH BOOST From left, David Wellstead, Vicky Knight, Carole Reeds, Donna Frost, and Hollie Pearce present their cheque to Helen Bulbeck, from brainstrust
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BIG-hearted staff at a call centre have helped to improve the outlook of people with brain tumours.

A team at Southern Electric, in Penner Road, Havant, helped to raised £626 for brainstrust, a charity that offers advice and support for patients with brain cancer.

Hollie Pearce, who co-ordinated the fundraising, said: ‘A close friend of mine passed away last year, after battling with a brain tumour.

‘She received huge support from brainstrust which enabled some of her treatment to happen, and made life a lot easier for her.

‘Southern Electric gives every member of staff the opportunity of taking one day away from the office to do community work for causes which are close to our hearts, so I used my community day to go round to local businesses and ask whether they could donate prizes for a raffle.

‘Companies were generous, and among my prizes were signed team photos from Arsenal FC, and vouchers from local supermarkets. We even had a free flying lesson at Goodwood, including a personal donation from Peter Taylor, a pilot who funded half the cost of the lesson from his own money.’

Six colleagues joined Hollie for the fundraising day, which included a raffle, a cake sale and a bingo competition.

Helen Bulbeck, from brainstrust, said: ‘This money is also enough to provide three potentially life-saving second opinion consultations with leading neurosurgeons.’