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The following are previous news articles released by the Trust. Many relate to funds awarded to previous charities we have supported. For information regarding our current nominated causes please refer to 'Our Nominated Causes' page.

Trust Announces Latest Grant Awards

News of the latest Grant Awards have just been announced.

  •      The Cheethams Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire £20,150
  •      The Children's Ward at the Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent £15,730
  •      The Battledown Children's Ward at the Cheltenham General £29,240
  •      The Derbyshire Children's Hospital at the Derbyshire Royal £11,040
  •      The Riverbank Children's Ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital £21,495
  •      The Children’s Ward at Hereford County Hospital £5,560
  •      Teenage Cancer Trust £104,990

This is once again a terrific result and all the receiving causes are thrilled with their awards. News will come later on how the current causes have allocated their funds. Some of the projects already being discussed include Theatre Ward development & equipment and new High Dependency Units.

All of the awards are only possible due to the dedication and hard work of eveyone involved.Therefore the Trustees of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust wish to express their sincere gratitude to all the volunteers and staff, for their efforts in achieving such wonderful results.

Celebrations in Reaching Ten Years of Supporting the Communty

Great celebrations occurred in September as Daisychain Benevolent Fund Shops marked their 10th Anniversary since the first shop opened in St John’s Worcester. During this time the number of shops has grown to now reach 13 including the Ebay Shop. All the shops celebrated by creating a celebratory window and this also coincided with the announcement of the new nominated causes. Now Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust will be funding equipment and specific development projects across 6 Children’s Wards in the region. In addition the Trust will also support the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, which also operates across the same area. For more information about our nominated causes please view 'Our Nominated Causes' page.

Trust celebrates allocating grants to its Nominated Charities.

Once again the retail outlets that make up the Daisychain Benevolent Fund chain of shops have come up tops again for 2012, with a donation to our nominated charities totaling over  £175,000.
This included grants to the Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and Derbyshire Branches of Macmillan Cancer Support, to the value of £74,386. The remainder was given to the Midlands Air Ambulance as their final grant, but represents the largest donation ever presented to the Air Ambulance by the Trust. Daisychain Benevolent Fund has supported the County and now Midlands Air Ambulance for many years and has donated in total over £500,000. This has enabled the service to operate and develop over this time. We wish this vital air ambulance all the best for the future.

Greg Rowe chairman of the Trust stated, 'the money raised by our shops and donated to the nominated charities over the years, has really made an enormous difference to the lives of everyday people.  With the addition of SARA and UHNS charities to the nominated organisations  we support, our goal is to raise £1million in the next 4 years and help many more get help and relief. Therefore please help us by donating your time and goods to our shops. Every donation, large or small, will help someone in the area you live. I urge everyone to look at the service our nominated charities deliver and why their partnership with Daisychain Benevolent Fund is so important.' 

Pictured left: Steve and Tracy (Area Fundraisers for Macmillan)  shopping for bargains at our shop at Littleover, helped by our shop manager Joanne.


Plaque Unveiled to Celebrate Historical Support

A plaque was unveiled at the Midlands Air Ambulance Base at Strensham to celebrate the support Daisychain Benevolent has given in supporting the vital air ambulance service. Over the years Daisychain Benevolent Fund has donated £530,000 since 2004, which has enabled the MAA to refurbish bases and buy vital equipment for all three helicopters bases.

Rescue crew responds to call from revamped charity store

An inshore rescue boat received one of its more unusual callouts as its crew helped a Malvern charity shop celebrate its official re-opening after a makeover. 

The boat, belonging to SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) was centre of attention as it moored up outside the Daisychain Benevolent Fund shop in Barnards Green.

Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support, the other cause supported by Daisychain Benevolent Fund, also attended and head of retail Davina Roberts said the day was a great success.

“Members of the public were very generous and brought a huge amount of donations for us to sell in the shop,” she said. “As well as raising cash for our nominated charities this was an excellent opportunity for the charities themselves to raise their profile and tell people about their work in the local area.”

She thanked everyone who attended despite the poor weather, and Barnards Green Fish Bar for providing refreshments.

Christmas Tree Festival at Worcester Cathedral

To get us all in the festive spirit, Daisychain Benevolent Fund along with Worcester Cathedral are to run a glittering Christmas tree event this year. The event is being sponsored by local businesses and organisations to ensure that the Cathedral cloisters twinkles with a collection of decorated trees. Entry is free, however we would appreciate a donation being made towards the charities being supported. It's set to be a wonderful experience in a truely fantastic setting. The event starts on the 8th December and runs right through to January 4th. So come down to Worcester and see the wonderful Cathedral and maybe have a mince pie and hot drink from the the coffee shop whilst exploring the avenue of trees!

Macmillan (Derbyshire) Celebrates £15,000 Grant Award at Coffee Morning.

The Macmillan fundraising team at Derbyshire raised a toast at their recent coffee morning planning meeting for the funds received from the Trust. The meeting was attended by the Mayor of Derby along with many of the cancer charities supporters during which Steve Loane, the Area Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, thanked the Trust and particular the volunteers and staff of the local Littleoever Shop for the £15,130.

£97,000 Grant to Midlands Air Ambulance will help pay for Specific Projects

Some of the staff and volunteers from the Worcester and Malvern shops went to the Midlands Air Ambulance valuation day to present a cheque for over £97,000. Henry Sandon was present at the event and even valued some of the more unusual donations that had been kindly donated. We also got to see a real 'This is your Life' album that was presented to Henry.

Greg Rowe Chairman and Finance Director of Daisychain Benevolent Fund said,' All our staff and volunteers have worked very hard to ensure that they raise as much as possible from each donation that comes through the shops doors. We are therefore once again thrilled to be able to issue such a significant amount to the Midlands Air Ambulance. The Trustees were keen that the money be used to help maintain helicopter bases, renew equipment and fund rescue missions and we are delighted that this will be so.'

Macmillan (Gloucestershire) Thrilled with £48,510 Grant Donation

It was a lovely summer evening when teams from the two Gloucestershire shops came together to present a cheque for £48,510 to the Gloucestershire Branch of the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity. Jon Rayner, Area Fundraiser for Macmillan was astonished with the size of the donation and was thrill beyond belief. He gave his sincere thanks and explained to all present how the money would go to support many people living with cancer in the county, including training and support for Macmillan Nurses and development of the information centres  Davina Roberts, Director of Retail Operations for Daisychain Benevolent Fund also express her gratitude for all the hard work from the volunteers and staff at both the shops at Bishops Cleeve and Bath Road, Cheltenham, as well as the Head Office team.

Pictured above, the teams from both the Bishops Cleeve shop and the Cheltenham shop.

Bookshop Joins In With Successful Festival Event

THE first ever Worcestershire Literary Festival was a huge success – and there are already bookings for next year.The festival ended on Monday night after 10 days packed with events across the county for people of all ages and literary tastes.And it has not only attracted people from all over the world but also revealed the huge amount of talent Worcestershire has been hiding.

Children’s author Karen King, left, visited the Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund book shop in St John’s, to read to local children. She is pictured with four-year-old Darcie Priest and her aunt Lynne Cox, a volunteer in the shop and with children

Macmillan Cancer Support so very grateful for the support given. 

It was a fine sunny day when Macmillan Cancer Support visited us to receive their cheque for £22,402. Davina Roberts, Director of Operations for Daisychain Benevolent Fund (pictured center), said, 'As with all the organisations we have helped, it has been a difficult period for fundraising this last year. That is why it is so important that we succeed and make the most from the stock donations we receive'.Macmillan Cancer Support, do not operate their own chain of fund raising shops.The money you helped us raise, will go to support those living with cancer in the areas of Derbyshire and Gloucestershire, where our shops are located. Check out our 'Shop Locations' page.



Midlands Air Ambulance Thrilled With £83,600 Donation!

Everyone from the Midlands Air Ambulance was flying high after we presented our donation of £83,600! Greg Rowe (Director and Trustee) said, 'This cheque along with our other grants to the Macmillan Cancer Support, once again shows the hard work that staff and volunteers put into operating the shops every week. We are thrilled to be able to continue our support for the Midlands Air Ambulance which has helped keep this vital service airborne.'


Local Garden Party Raises £645

Many supporters came to the garden party last Saturday held at one of our volunteers own home. The sun shone and tea and cakes were consumed whilst people looked at the numerous stalls and plants. At the end of the day they had taken nearly £650 for the Trust, which supports the Midlands Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done to everyone involved on the day, what an amazing result!


Blooms Garden Centre Support Blossoms

Blooms garden centre in Cheltenham, has agreed to locate one of our bookcases on site.
The bookcase is regularly filled with popular fiction and reference books to tempt customers to have a good read after a busy day gardening! Minimum donation is just £1 and has certainly become very popular. If you know of anywhere that would also like to get involved then please contact Davina at Head Office on 01905 739087 ext 201.

NEWS UPDATE: Thanks to our growing supporters we also now have bookcases at,
Davids Garden Centre at Martin Hussingtree,
Wyevale Garden Centre in Hereford,
Findern Garden Centre in Derby.

Crowning Hat At The Palace A Real Find At Our Shop!

'It was the biggest hat at the Palace that day', said Karen Hawkins (far right), who was there at the investiture at Buckingham Palace. Karen, who had nominated a gentleman for his voluntary work with young people, was desperate to find a matching hat for her outfit. Our shop at Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire came to the rescue and certainly came up trumps.

Congratulations to all concerned!!

Charity shop appeals for clothes to sell

A CHARITY shop in Malvern that raises money for the Midlands Air Ambulance is issuing its own call for help.

The Daisychain Benevolent Fund Shop in Barnards Green is looking for donations of goods to sell, and volunteers to help sell them.

The shop, which is just off the roundabout in the Green, was set up especially to raise money for the air ambulance, which is funded exclusively by public donations.

Shop manager Liz Dickinson-Hawkett said: "We want more donations of goods to allow us to keep up our good work.

"What we want most of all is ladies, gents and children's winter clothing, but also we'd welcome donations of gifts, toys and bric-a-brac.

"If you've got things that you don't need after Christmas, don't throw them in the bin and let them go to landfill, but bring them to us.

"We'd also like volunteers who can come in on Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays.”

Anyone who can help, or who has goods to donate, is urged to visit the shop or call on 01684 577575.

Cheltenham volunteers demand your denim

The Daisychain Benevolent Fund has launched an appeal for jackets, jeans and other items of denim-wear to raise money for two local causes. Money raised from the sales will be split between McMillan Cancer Care and the Midlands Air Ambulance. Staff at the shops, which works to raise money for a number of charitable causes , are hoping the scheme will raise hundreds of pounds. Deputy Manager Debbie Jones from the Cheltenham Shop said: "It's a vital time of year for these two causes. Neither of them have shops of their own so we are pleased to be doing our bit to support them".



Rugby star Luke, helps to kick off Charity Book

RUGBY star Luke Narraway returned home to Worcester to help launch a charity cook book.The Cook Book, priced £3.99, is a collection of recipes contributed by members of the St John’s community. Sales of the book will raise funds for the  Midlands Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.Gloucester and England flanker Luke visited The Daisychain Benevolent Fund  book shop in St John’s yesterday to help launch the book. Mr Narraway, a former King’s School pupil, said he was proud to be able to help.“I grew up in St John’s and there is really good community spirit around here. There always has been,” said the 26-year-old.“My dad runs the butcher’s shop a few doors down from here and he told me all about The Cook Book. “I think it is a fantastic idea and was happy to come down to help support it. It is always good to come to St John’s to try to give a little bit back.”


Charity's £5k Funds Success

A SIX-MONTH drive of selling unwanted clothes, gifts and bric-a-brac has seen a Littleover charity shop raise £5,000.

The Daisychain Benevolent Fund store, in Burton Road, presented a giant cheque to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance after choosing to raise money for charity in April.

It follows a £3,750 donation the Littleover shop made to Macmillan Cancer Support last month after three months of fund-raising.

Shop manager Nicki Astle said: "We are really pleased the public helped us to raise this amount for these vital services. It is also great that people continue to support Daisychain by donating items so generously." Daisychain director Greg Rowe said: "The staff at our Littleover shop have worked hard to raise these funds."


Life Saving Donation of £93,000

CITY shoppers have helped charity shop workers hand over £93,250 to a life-saving air ambulance.

Volunteers at the Daisychain Benevolent Fund, which has shops in St John’s in Worcester, Evesham and Barnards Green, Malvern, collected the cash for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Lynne Shergold, clothing shop manager for St John’s, is just one of the team of dedicated volunteers who have done their bit for the charity.She said: “Everything we sell goes to charity. Despite the recession everyone is still giving generously. It hasn’t really affected us.” The benevolent fund is now looking for a High Street partner which can supply its shops across the Midlands with end-of-line goods, free of charge, which can then be sold to benefit its charities.

If you can help, contact the clothing shop on 01905 739087.

Henry will open a new chapter at book shop


TELEVISION star and antiques expert Henry Sandon is to open a bookshop in Worcester.

Mr Sandon will be at the Daisychain Benevolent Fund book store in St John's, to do the honours at 11am on Thursday, February 2, when it reopens after a re-fit.

The shop, which raises money for the County Air Ambulance, has been closed for the past fortnight for the refurbishment to go ahead.

Davina Roberts, director of Daisychain, said she was excited about the day, and was happy Mr Sandon had agreed to go along and help them.

Miss Roberts added: "We have had some kind donations, including book cases and we were long overdue for the re-fit."

Daisychain's fund-raising efforts mean comfort for grieving children

CHILDREN who have lost a mum, dad or sibling will be able to go on a residential weekend to help them grieve, thanks to generous donations from people and businesses in and around Worcester.

The Noah's Ark Trust, which is based in the city and offers bereavement support to youngsters, recently received a £13,000 cheque from the St John's charity, the Daisychain Benevolent Fund, which has been raising funds for Noah's Ark. It will go towards the cost of one of Noah's Ark's regular residential weekends at the Malvern Hills Outdoor Centre, where children who have been bereaved receive counselling, speak about their feelings, meet other youngsters who have been similarly affected and make friends. It costs £5,000 for each child to attend.

Noah's Ark spokeswoman Mary Irish said: "Without the help of people like Daisychain in the community we couldn't offer our services free of charge. "The weekends we organise are very emotional, but it's just amazing to see how much they help the children. We're very grateful for all the support that we get."