Awards night helps charity
A holiday home for children with cancer was given £2,600 from guests at the Mercury Business Awards 2018.
A prize draw was held during the event at Greetham Valley Hotel with donations going to the Harley Staples Cancer Trust.
The charity was set up by Whissendine couple Katherine and Jamie Staples in memory of their eight-year-old son Harley who died of cancer in 2009.
They run two holiday homes, one in Norfolk and one at Rutland Water, and offer free holidays to families of children with cancer.
The money raised at the business awards will cover the rent and maintenance costs of the caravan in Norfolk for one year.
Katherine said: “We would like to thank the Rutland and Stamford Mercury for nominating us for the awards night, and all the businesses there which raised the amazing amount of £2,600 for us.
“It’s just phenomenal and takes the pressure off us for next year so we really can’t thank you enough.”
The charity was chosen by Mercury editor Kerry Coupe and managing director Richard Parkinson.
Kerry said: “The business awards was a huge success and we’re so grateful to all of our guests for their generous donations.”
Gates Garden Centre has donated plants to brighten up the garden of Harley’s House at Rutland Water but overgrown brambles and weeds need clearing first.
Anyone willing to help the tidy-up can contact Katherine on 07760 427758.