Before Bents Garden & Home can fully welcome Solving Kids Cancer as its 2021 charity of the year, it must say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped raise £16,477 for Once Upon a Smile; the charity it has supported for the past two years, during what has been one of the most challenging times for everyone.
For the first time in the initiative’s history, and in response to the challenges posed by Covid 19, Bents decided to dedicate two consecutive years to the same cause, helping to boost fundraising for the Manchester based charity - which provides emotional and practical support for bereaved families.
Said Matthew Bent, Managing Director at Bents Garden & Home: “The decision to continue supporting Once Upon a Smile for a second year proved to be a very popular one. Despite the challenges faced by the Covid crisis fundraising continued and everyone at Bents is delighted with the final total. Our customers have been hugely generous in helping us to raise such a fantastic amount, especially when there are so many other causes to consider during these difficult times.”
The money raised by Bents will help fund further improvements and activities at Once Upon a Smile’s Sidley House, the charity’s specialist bereavement hub, and also support the team as they continue to reach out and support children in their own homes.
And now a new fundraising year begins as Bents welcomes Solving Kids Cancer as its Charity of the Year 2021. The charity, which focusses on childhood cancer neuroblastoma, is a cause very close to the hearts of everyone at Bents, following the loss of the company’s Financial Director’s great niece, 6 year old Jossie Leaver who bravely battled with neuroblastoma.
Jossie was one of around 100 children who each year are diagnosed with this rare, aggressive and often deadly, childhood cancer, most of whom are under the age of 5.
Solving Kids Cancer is a charity which fights for a future where no child dies of neuroblastoma or suffers from its treatment and Bents hopes its 2021 fundraising campaign will help towards this incredible campaign.