Stapleford’s The Helpful Bureau gets a boost as Gillotts hands out proceeds of its annual fundraiser
A charity which helps pensioners to live more independent lives has received a £500 donation from a Stapleford funeral firm to help keep its wheelchair-friendly transporter on the road.
The Helpful Bureau, which provides a wide range of service to people across Broxtowe including gardening and home help assistance and a befriending scheme, received the money from the proceeds of Gillotts Funeral Directors’ annual fundraising campaign last week.
Gillotts raised the money by donating £1 every time a visitor left a message of remembrance on Christmas trees erected in the reception of its Derby Road office, as well as its four other offices across the county, during December.
The company raised £2,500 in total and has split the money five ways, with other £500 donations going to a range of good causes including a dementia café in Eastwood, an over-50s social group in Selston and a community café in Kimberley.
Based at the Carnegie Centre in Warren Avenue, The Helpful Bureau has 2,000-plus registered users who rely on the services it provides on a daily basis.
In October it took delivery of a new minibus and will use the money to pay for the running costs of another vehicle, a wheelchair-friendly Volkswagen Caddy.
Margaret Bowen, manager of The Helpful Bureau, said: “Our wheelchair transporter is an important part of our service provision and is used to take people to other support groups or medical appointments or on one of our day trips.
“We use it about three or four times a week and it gets more and more expensive to run the vehicle every year, so we are extremely grateful to Gillotts for their kind donation.”
Anthony Topley, a partner in Gillotts, said: “Our Christmas fundraiser was very successful once again, but there was extra interest this year once visitors heard we’d be supporting The Helpful Bureau, which is well known in the town.
“Their work in the community is very important, but like many charities it can be a real challenge to raise the money they need, which is why we’re extremely happy to have raised such a large amount of money and pass it on for them to put to good use.”