The lifelong dreams of 82 children have been fulfilled as a result of the fundraising efforts by staff at Cash Converters franchises across the UK.
Cash Converters, a pre-owned goods retailer, announced that it has raised £150,000 for national children’s charity, Dreams Come True since its partnership began in 2007.
More than 200 staff across the Cash Converters network of 208 stores have helped raise money for the worthwhile charity. Some staff have cycled more than 300 miles from London to Paris: some have taken part in the London Marathon, running 26.2 miles around the capital city; while some enjoyed a leisurely but competitive round of golf, helping to raise thousands of pounds for children across the UK.
Carl Murray, Managing Director of 26 stores in and around London, has participated in a number of fundraising events and holds the charity very close to his heart. He said: “Raising money for such a meaningful charity really helps make the grueling fundraising challenges feel like a walk in the park. Knowing that I, personally, am helping to make the dream of a young person come true makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
In addition to the large scale events held on a regular basis by Dream Come True, the network of 208 stores has helped contribute to the overall sum by hosting a range of in-store charity days, raffles and competitions. These events, coupled with the public’s awareness of the cause, have helped secure media interest for the charity across the UK.
David Patrick, Chief Executive at Cash Converters, said: “Since our partnership began with Dreams Come True, Cash Converters franchise owners and staff have put in a tremendous amount of effort to hit their fundraising targets and it’s very rewarding knowing that we have helped such a fantastic charity.”
Dream Come True helps children with both life threatening and long-term illness. They help liaise, coordinate, organise, fund and often accompany the Dream child – to ensure that each child has an unforgettable experience fulfilling their dream, with wonderful memories to share with loved ones and friends.
Each dream is unique – some children want to meet their celebrity hero or favourite Disney character, while others want to visit their grandparents abroad, ride a unicorn, swim with dolphins or work on a fashion magazine. Many want help with their everyday lives and Dreams Come True is delighted to provide vital sensory equipment, wheelchairs or specially adapted bicycles as well.
Peter Newman, Chief Executive of Dream Come True, said: “Cash Converters is a renowned and popular national retailer, we really value the relationship that has been established over the last four years.
“The result of the Cash Converters partnership has made all the difference to help bring happiness and joy to the lives of some very special and brave children. We really appreciate the help and support of everyone who has got involved with the fundraising events over the years.”
Published: 18 January 2012
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