Diamond Facilities Support staff dress down for charity
A group of Coleshill-based workers swapped their usual uniform for t-shirts and jeans to support a cause close to their colleague’s heart.
Members of staff at Diamond Facilities Support (DFS) each donated a pound to take part in “Dress Down Friday” and raised £75 for Steps Conductive Education Centre in Loughborough.
The fundraising idea was that of Susan Beales, Executive Assistant at DFS, whose four year-old grandson Ethan Beales has polymicrogyria, a form of cerebral palsy.
The Steps Conductive Education Centre is a Midlands charity, providing specialist support to children with motor disorders, enabling them to lead fuller, more active lives.
By helping the children develop their physical, emotional, spiritual and communication skills in a relaxed environment, their integration into school and their own communities is made easier.
Susan said: “Steps provides so much support and assistance for my grandson which has been a lifeline to my son and daughter-in-law, so I wanted to do something that would make a difference and give something back to say thank you.
“Everybody in the office played their part and got involved in Dress Down Friday, so a massive thank you to them for helping to make a difference to this great cause.”
The money raised by staff at DFS will go towards the various groups and activities offered to children and their parents at Steps.
Trish Edwards, manager at Steps Conductive Education Centre, added: “We’d like to thank everybody at DFS for their kind donation which is greatly appreciated.
“We need to raise £200,000 each year to continue to run Steps and this is becoming increasingly difficult in this economic climate.
“The service we offer is free and is so greatly appreciated by those who attend, so we make sure every pound contributed counts.”
Adam Atkins, managing director at DFS, continued: “We were all touched to hear how this charity has helped Susan’s family over the last few years, so we were more than happy to do our bit for what is a worthwhile cause.”