It was a normal Friday lunchtime for the team at Wickford’s Helen Rollason Cancer Charity (HRCC) shop.
Friendly chats were taking place with a steady stream of shoppers and sales were gently ticking over when the door opened and in walked a smartly dressed man.
He strode towards the counter and made a startling announcement to the volunteers.
“I would like to give you £5,000!” announced Jack Pemberton, President of the Rotary Club of Wickford. “How do I go about it?”
“We couldn’t believe it, what an amazing donation,” said Annette Lucas who has been working at the shop for almost a year.
“We jumped to the phone to give HRCC Retail Manager Alison Matthews the good news,” beamed Annette. “It really made it a fabulous Friday!”
Jack had nominated HRCC as he had fond memories of Helen Rollason herself from watching her many times on television, and from their nodding acquaintance when living in the same area of Shenfield. “The Rotary Club of Wickford have raised this money from our Christmas sleigh rides, and several supermarket collection appeals. I am delighted to be able to give this good cause such a large sum of money,” said Jack.
Alison accepted the cheque at a recent presentation where she gave the Rotary Club an insight into how the money will be put to good use supporting local people living with cancer.”
Our Wickford and Witham shops are urgently seeking volunteers, so if you have a spare couple of hours a week to help out and support a great cause please contact the HRCC Head Office on 01245 380719.