QD Commercial Group Holdings signed up to the nook business network in April 2015, pledging to raise £25,000 to help EACH build a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Since then the company have worked hard with stores across the region raising money via skydives, bake sales, head shaves, coastal walk challenges, climbing the O2 and much more.
On Wednesday 12th July 2017, Associate Director of Trading James Collins and Co-ordinator David George from the QD Group presented EACH Fundraiser Sophie Mayes with a cheque for £37,630. This, combined with a cheque for £14,000 presented last year, brings the total raised by the discount retailer to £51,630.
Sophie said: "We want to say a huge thanks to everyone at QD Stores. They have been fantastic and their staff and customers have really got behind the nook appeal. We still have a way to go towards our £10 million target but the support we receive from the community all adds up."
James Collins said: "At QD stores we are delighted to support the nook appeal. We set out to raise £25,000 and we are all over the moon that we have doubled our target. Our customers have also been brilliant in helping us in our quest to raise money for this excellent cause. We've had collections tubs at tills across our 45 stores and garden centres, and we have also been able to donate some of the money from the sale of our carrier bags."
EACH launched the nook appeal in November 2014. The appeal aims to raise £10 million to transform children's palliative care across the county, which includes a new purpose-built hospice 'the nook' on a 5-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl just south of Norwich.
The QD Group have for several years been supporting the Brain Tumour Research Campaign with their nationwide fundraising campaign, Wear A Hat Day.
Brain Tumour Research's premier fundraising event, Wear A Hat Day, sees people across the UK fundraising through wearing a hat and taking part in fun events to raise awaresness of this devastating disease and help fund life-saving research.
Stores supporting the Wear A Hat Day campaign
All stores within the QD Group participate throughout March by selling collectable pin badges and wristbands, supported with dedicated posters displayed in-store.
We're very proud that over the last 3 Wear A Hat Day events, the QD Group have raised over £7,544! This amazing amount has enabled the Brain Tumour Reseach charity to fund the equivalent of two full days of research at one of their Centres of Excellence, which was recognised in November when two tiles were placed on the Wall of Hope at the Brain Tumour Research Queen Mary University of London Centre of Excellence by a representative of the QD Stores Group.
Tile being placed in the Queen Mary University Centre of Excellence
Brain Tumour Research is committed to funding sustainable research into brain tumours: the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. It supports the UK’s largest dedicated group of laboratory-based scientists progressing world-class research into brain tumours, to improve treatments, survival rates and quality of life for patients and ultimately find a cure.