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Local retailer donates £15k to CHUF

Published on 13 October 2014

North East Convenience Stores, an independent chain of convenience stores across the North East, has donated £15,000 to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The 25 stores located in the North of England have raised the money collectively by in store fundraising and through the Making A Difference Locally (MADL) charity. The MADL charity raises money through customers purchasing specific products in the Nisa stores.

The £15,000 will make a huge difference to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) - one of only two centres in the UK offering paediatric heart transplant- and will be used to sponsor a new kitchen at the brand new “home from home”. This will provide 18 en-suite bedrooms and a self-contained flat for families and their child who have undergone a heart transplant.

Sanjeev Vadhera, financial director for North East Convenience Stores, said: “We are very proud to be supporting such a worthy, local cause which helps save the lives of many youngsters who have life-threatening heart conditions.

“We can only encourage customers to keep shopping at our stores and keep an eye-out for products with the MADL logo, as well as supporting our fundraising events, in order to raise as much money as possible for commendable charities such as this one.”

Chris Gray, head of fundraising for CHUF, added: “We’re humbled by this incredible support from North East Convenience Stores. The Making a Difference Locally incentive is such a clever scheme and we’re thrilled to be the recipients of their amazing generosity.

“These retailers and their customers can feel very proud that they’re making a huge difference to the level of care we can offer sick children and their families."

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