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Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust announces annual grant total.
Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust is delighted to announce that it has now issued its latest grants totalling,
£222,196
This represents the dedicated fundraising efforts of all the supporters, volunteers and staff during 2016. All the partnered organisations were thrilled with their awards and will work with the Trustees in allocate them to projects during 2017. This amount means that in total our partnered organisations both past and current have now been able to buy and operate vital equipment and services to the grand total of

                                 £1,726,554
The aim of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust is the ‘Preservation of Health and the Relief of Sickness for children and young adults in the Community’.

Working with our nominated partners across the West Midlands the Trust has funded, specialist nurses and their ongoing training, new medical equipment including High Dependency units, funded community support care for young people with cancer, helped finance the refurbishment of wards including Paediatric A&E areas and much much more.

Every year all of the funds raised are distributed by the Trust to fund these vital projects and services, delivered by our partnered organisations. In addition, by working with our partners, each shop has been actively promoted each cause within the community by advertising events and increasing awareness of the needs of the organisation being supported.


The Trustees of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust wish to thank all the supporters, volunteers and staff for their efforts in achieving this amazing result.

Poorly children at Burton's Queen's Hospital given boost with play area revamp

A new outside play area has been installed for children visiting Queen's hospital, following a fund raising appeal. James, Emma and Sam Causer

Patients, parents, staff and health chiefs were on hand to see the cutting of the ribbon, and were joined by members of Daisychain Benevolent Fund, which donated more than £25,000 of profits from its shop in Tutbury. Davina Roberts and Greg Rowe both trustees of the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust stated,  "This project would not be possible without our wonderful staff, supporters and the customers at the Tutbury charity shop. "What was someone's unwanted coat or vase has helped to fund this amazing play area and together we have truly transformed this area which will encourage distraction and reduce anxiety for both the children and their families."

A new outside play area has been installed for children visiting Queen's hospital, following a fund raising appeal. Davina Roberts - Head of Retail for Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund
Greg Rowe - Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund
John Bale - Chairman for the Charitable Trust Funds Committee
Helen Scott-South - Chief Executive - Queen's Hospital
Brian Storer - Fundraiser for the Hospital League of Friends



Chris Maddox, Burton Hospital's community partnerships and charities manager, co-ordinated the work.He said: "Nobody wants their child to be ill and stuck in bed. Being outdoors is part of your childhood and to be a child in hospital is not an exciting thing. "Some children have to stay in here for very long periods of time and we are keen for them to get involved with outdoor activity and not miss out. "We are really appreciative of the hard work and generous nature of  the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust.


A new outside play area has been installed for children visiting Queen's hospital, following a fund raising appeal.


Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust to fund further purchase of vital equipment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital Children's Ward


The Riverbank Children's Ward at Royal Worcestershire Hospital was thrilled to learn that a further amount was being given to the Paediatric Department to the tune of £33,304. This amount will purchase new High Dependency Equipment such as those recently acquired using funds already given by the Trust.


Greg Rowe and Davina Roberts from the Trust, visited the ward to see just how the children were benefiting from using some of the equipment already funded.


Pictured left is Imogen who was one of the patients that showed us the equipment she uses as well as her Hello Kitty items.


Matron Dana and the medical staff at the ward are delighted with the equipment already received. All the funds given was generated by the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Worcestershire shops and fundraising events.




Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust reach incredible £280k fundraising milestone


Earlier this month, Directors of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust, Davina Roberts and Greg Rowe, informed Teenage Cancer Trust that they had reached a phenomenal fundraising milestone.


The money was raised by from the sale of clothes, books and shoes that are donated to their 15 shops across the midlands region.

Davina Roberts, head of retail operations at the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust, said: 'We are proud to be helping Teenage Cancer Trust in their goal to reach 100 per cent of young people diagnosed with cancer, and we are delighted to have reached this milestone in our fundraising for them. A huge thank you must go to all the staff and volunteers involved with Daisychain Benevolent Fund shops and head office for their continued commitment and enthusiasm'.



Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager for the West Midlands, Michelle Aucott said: 'Once again Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust have shown incredible passion, energy and commitment to supporting young people with cancer. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support. The funds raised will ensure that young people with cancer don't feel so alone'.


Leading lawyers is to once again focus on Wills, in support of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust

A leading Worcester law firm is to again focus on ‘an uncomfortable subject’ and help benefit one of the county’s most popular charities. Waldrons Solicitors, who are based in Sidbury, Worcester said it hopes its focus on Wills this coming May will not only help the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust, but put a focus on a legal document, which many people avoid making.

Between 6th and 17th June Waldrons is asking the public to come in and see a solicitor and have a Will drawn up for free, with the public being asked to make a contribution to Daisychain Benevolent Fund, which is based at College Green. There is a suggested minimum donation of £60.00 for a single will and £120.00 for a double will

“We hope this move will help generate the interest in Wills that there needs to be and in doing so support an excellent charity that helps provide so much help across Worcestershire,” said Dawn Cash, an expert in Wills at Waldrons.

Greg Rowe Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the charity thanked Waldrons for helping.

“Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust are once again delighted to be associated with the Waldrons Solicitors Charity Will scheme,” he said. “By making a donation to DBF Trust, we will be able to buy new equipment for the Riverside Children’s Ward and fund support services provided by our partner charity the Teenage Cancer Trust in Worcestershire.

Anybody, wishing to know more about the scheme can contact Waldrons on 01905 900900.


18 students raise an amazing £632!



Emily Cannon, a student at Woodlands School in Allestree and her class friends organised a cake sale and raffle to support the Trust. The 18 students (picture above) raised an amazing £632 and presented the money to Janet, the shop manager of the  Mickleover shop, Derby. Emily is a volunteer at the shop and it was Emily who suggested to the class the fundraising event. Congratulations to Emily and her classmates for this fantastic amount. The money will go to support our work with the Teenage Cancer Trust,  Derbyshire and the Derby Children’s Ward.


Emily Cannon (pictured left with Shop Manager Janet)




Worcester law firm donation will benefit sick children

Dawn Cash of Waldrons hands the money over to Worcester mayor Roger Knight Mayor of Worcester and Greg Rowe, chairman of the board of trustees of Daisychain Benevolent.

A WORCESTER law firm has raised over £1,000 for Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust, one of the mayor of Worcester’s chosen charities.Waldrons Solicitors, based at City Wells House, Sidbury offered their time free of charge to write wills for city residents in exchange for a donation to the charity.After collecting all the donations, which totalled £1,070, Waldrons received an invitation from the mayor to attend the Guildhall and to present a cheque to Greg Rowe, chairman of Daisychain's board of trustees.Dawn Cash of Waldrons said: “I am extremely proud that Waldrons is able to support Daisychain in this way. It also helps us to raise awareness of the need for everyone to make a will. We hope that the next Wills Fortnight will raise even more money to help Daisychain continue with its excellent work in the community.


Mr Rowe said: “Once again, Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust are delighted to be associated with Waldrons Solicitors and their charity will scheme, "This wonderful donation will help us to buy new equipment for the Riverside children’s ward and fund support services provided by our partner charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust in Worcestershire.


Pictured: Dawn Cash of Waldrons hands the money over to Worcester mayor Roger Knight Mayor of Worcester and Greg Rowe, chairman of the board of trustees of Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust.



Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust funds new Paediatric A&E area at Hereford General Hospital.


Hereford General Hospital has now re opened its A&E to include a newly built childrens area with treatments rooms. The new secure rooms have been painted throughout with fantastic country scenes to distract both patient and parents or carers alike. New seating, flat screen television and play equipment have also been funded by the Trust. 



GIANT Chocolate Egg goes on Raffle....Yum Yum


A scrummy giant chocolate egg has been created for us to raffle this year by The Chocolate Deli at Worcester. Davina Roberts, Operations Director and chocoholic said, " Last year's giant egg raffle raised just over £1400 for Teenage Cancer Trust. This year we hope to raise even more to help buy vital equipment and services for our partnered organisations".

Raffle Tickets are available from every Daisychain Benevolent Fund shop at just £1 each. If you cannot make it to our shops and still fancy having a chance to win this giant egg then send us a cheque to our central office and we'll place the tickets in the hat when we make the draw. Please though don't forget to add a note with your name address and contact telephone number. We can only arrange for the egg to be delivered to the nearest shop for the winner to collect.  The draw will take place on the 23rd March 2016.

No harm was done to any hen in laying this egg!

Allergy Advice: The egg contains milk, soya and is made in a nut and gluten environment. Net Weight 600g.


£21,000 donation for Worcester Children’s Ward


Riverbank children’s ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is set to benefit from a £21,000 donation provided by the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust. Staff on the ward are going to spend the money on specialist monitoring equipment for children and young people needing high dependency care. This will help the team to keep a close eye on children and young people who require higher levels of care. This is the second donation Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust has made to the Worcester children’s ward, following a donation in 2014. The team used that contribution to buy new fans and a stock of ‘buddy beds’ that allow parents to stay overnight with their children.


Fundraisers at the charity hope to build on their success with plans to raise more money throughout 2016. The Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust runs charity shops around the West Midlands, with profits being shared between partners at six local children’s wards and the Teenage Cancer Trust. Greg Rowe, chairman of the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust said: “We’re really proud to support the children’s services here at Worcestershire Royal, and so pleased with the new facilities planned. “I would like to thank everyone that donated clothing and goods to our shops and also the volunteers and fundraising staff for their enormous effort in making this all happen.” Matron Dana Picken said “We are so grateful that the team at Daisychain thought of us again. This donation is very generous and will enable us to buy extra equipment that will make a real difference to the experience of children and families on our ward. Thank you to Greg and Daisychain!”


Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates significant grant from Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust



Staff and volunteers at the office of Teenage Cancer Trust were thrilled to have received a grant for £104,990 from Daisychain benevolent Fund Trust. The amount is vital to new services being developed in the Midlands Region to help young adults with cancer.

Greg Rowe Chairman of the Board of Trustees from Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust said, 'we continue to be fully committed with our partners Teenage Cancer Trust to improve the lives of teenagers and young adults going through this challenging time in their lives. New services are to be announced shortly and come in part as a result of the fabulous efforts of our staff and volunteers and supporters'.


Volunteer Francis Celebrates her 80th Birthday


Frances Toye, a volunteer at our shop in Tutbury has celebrated her 80th birthday surrounded by colleagues. Frances Toye marked the occasion at Daisychain Benevolent Fund, in Burton Street, where she was presented with flowers, a balloon and cake. Frances, who lives in Hatton, has volunteered at the shop since it opened three years ago. The shop is also celebrating its third anniversary of opening this week. Pictured celebrating with Frances are Shop Managers Gemma Street and Deputy Manager Zena Mabb.




Shaylor Group staff donate unwanted clothes and Bric Brac to Daisychain Benevolent Fund


Staff from principle contractor company Shaylor Group have made an early start to raising Christmas Cheer and organised a collection of quality unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac to donate to Daisychain Benevolent Fund. Daisychain Benevolent Fund have 15 charity shops in the Midlands and use the profits raised from the sale of donated goods to support Teenage Cancer Trust and other local children’s hospitals.

 

Shaylor Group organised the clothing collection on 21 October at their head office in Aldridge, West Midlands, in aid of Daisychain Benevolent Fund who fundraise on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust. Shaylor Group staff voted to make Teenage Cancer Trust their annual chosen charity as one of their Site Managers and his family had direct experience of the fantastic support and facilities offered by the charity when his teenage son battled cancer. Jan Shaylor (pictured centre right), Charity and Events Coordinator of Shaylor Group said: “I am very pleased with the amount of donated items we have accumulated for Daisychain Benevolent Fund. Our staff are very committed to supporting our charity work and have responded with their usual outstanding enthusiasm. Emily Cooper (pictured centre), Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Joining-up two of our supporters made perfect sense, and the funds raised from the donated items will ensure that young people living with cancer are treated in specialist units so that they don’t have to face cancer alone “



Jailhouse Rock: Worcester dignitaries do time in the slammer




The city's dignitaries, and otherwise mostly law-abiding citizens, had their collars felt as they were paraded through the streets in convict costume, complete with ball and chain, on Saturday. All accepted their fate as they were fingerprinted, handcuffed and tossed into gaol. The unusual theatrics were played out to a crowded high street as part of the mayor's fundraising efforts and money raised will go towards Acorns Children's Hospice, Daisychain Benevolent Fund and Sight Concern Worcestershire.




The New Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Roger Knight, announces that Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust is to be one of three selected charities for 2015/16

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the new Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Knight, to be one of three charities he will support for 2015/16. This is great news for the projects we fund in Worcester and in the immediate area. We look forward to working with the Mayor and his civic office in promoting our work and helping to raise much needed funds.  Last year Cllr Roger Knight was the city's Deputy Mayor and a special guest at the launch of our annual Christmas Tree Festival at Worcester Cathedral. Roger was touched by the projects that we fund across the West Midlands and especially in the city of Worcester.

Greg Rowe, chairman of the Trust said. 'It is such fantastic news. Being choosen as one of the Mayor's charities is a great honour and a real boost for all our volunteers and staff, not just in Worcester but for all the West Midlands area. I would also like to congratulate Roger in becoming Mayor of Worcester and wish him well in his year as Mayor.'









A Giant 9st Chocolate Egg made especially by Cadburys was raffled raising an amazing £1416 for much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust through our shops.




This giant 9st Chocolate Egg was collected from Cadburys and raffled by Daisychain Benevolent Fund. The detail was just amazing and as you can see had to be moved on a trolley! The draw was on the 31st March.











Thrilling Bollywood Evening with Harrison Clark
Rickerbys of Worcester in aid of Daisychain Benevolent Fund raises £687!

Harrison Clark Rickerbys, a leading law firm with specialist solicitors and lawyers based in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Ross and the Thames Valley held Bollywood Evening with dancers, DJ, Henna artists and more.
An amazing £687 was raised from the night and all
the proceeds will go to support Daisychain Benevolent Fund in the purchase of essential medical equipment for Teenage Cancer Trust and Local Children's Wards across the West Midlands.










Daisychain Benevolent Fund's music event set to rock Worcester Cathedral Hall.


The date is the 18th April, the place College Hall, Worcester Cathedral!

A night of incredible music from The Delray Rockets, Skewwhiff, 
Nigel 'Dodgy' Clarke  and The Woo Town Hillbillies. Tickets are already selling fast so be quick and get your tickets today. You can  buy your tickets by just clicking on the Cathedral Chaos image and or on the link below,

wegottickets.com

You can also purchase the tickets at worcester retail shops, Rise Records and Music City.

All the proceeds go to support Daisychain Benevolent Fund in the purchase of essential medical equipment for Teenage Cancer Trust and Riverside Children's Ward, Worcester Royal Hospital.


  


Daisychain Benevolent Fund launches, 'Ask Your Neighbour' stock appeal. 

 
Daisychain Benevolent Fund has launched an urgent stock appeal for all of its shops. Our aim this year is to raise over a quarter of a million pounds, to help with the fantastic work our nominated charities do within the local community. Supporters of your local Children's Ward and Teenage Cancer Trust,  are urged to ask at least one neighbour to donate a full bag of clothing, bric-a-brac, books etc. The neighbour is then urged to ask their neighbour in turn and so hopefully down the whole street. Bags can be grouped together and be taken to their local Daisychain Benevolent Fund Shop. This will ensure your donation goes directly to a shop and enables us to sell the goods locally, helping customers find a bargain whilst supporting local people in need of help from our nominated causes.

To find your nearest shop, please click on 'Shop Locations'.





Cheethams Children's Ward at the University Hospital North Staffordshire takes receipt of two vital incubators.

The Ward Sister was delighted to be presented with two new incubators which will be used in the Children's Ward. This life saving equipment was provided from the latest grant award from the Trust. Davina Roberts the Operations Director for Daisychain Benevolent Fund said,' We are so pleased to be able to help Cheethams and are most grateful to our staff, volunteers and loyal customers for their continued support'. The funds for the equipments was raised by the Kidsgrove and Silverdale shops. 

(pictured left are UHNS representatives with staff, volunteers from the Silverdale shop and Trustees from Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust)






New Store Opens in Mickleover, Derbyshire


Our latest shop to open in Mickleover opened its doors this summer to a large number of very keen shoppers. The opening ceremony was completed by the Mayor of Derby and was also attended by the representatives of the causes that the shop will be funding. The shop team are ready to welcome you and to receive your donations of clean clothing, accessories, household items, bric a brac, unwanted gifts. The two causes are the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Children's Ward at the Derbyshire Royal Hospital.








If you would like to join and help the team at the shop please ring Pam or Ritu on 01332 510929 or email us on our contact page.










Special Appeal for Your Support.



Daisychain Benevolent Fund has over last ten years assisted many life supporting activities within the community from buying vital equipment for air ambulances to funding children's bereavement counselling. In order to continue we need your help. We have now registered with JustTextGiving, which allows people to make a donation of £2 by just texting DBFT212 to the number 70070. We get 100% of the donation and you can even Gift Aid the amount. Every donation makes a real difference, so please Text today.

Thank you.


Unlock the fundraising potential stored in the back of your drawers.


Starting this summer, Daisychain Benevolent Fund will launch an innovative recycling campaign in order to help raise vital funds. Everyone is urged to look through their drawers and cupboards, digging out those unwanted keys that have been laying around for months, if not years. Daisychain Benevolent Fund is able to convert any unwanted keys to cash and therefore help in its goal of assisting people in need of medical care through its nominated charities.





Please help by taking your keys to the nearest shop, details of which at listed on this site under 'Shop Locations'.



Remember any type of key can be donated.






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.