Derbyshire timber merchant S V Timber Ltd picked up a different kind of wood when, with housebuilders Fairgrove Homes, they invited customers to join them for a Charity Golf Day at the Morley Hayes course in September.
While Fairgrove chose Help for Heroes as their household name charity, S V Timber – after a successful summer of trading – wanted to lend a helping hand to a less well-known cause – so they picked the ME Association. While the ME Association champions 250,000 people in the UK with the illness, it still doesn't figure on most people's Christmas card list.
S V Timber director Dan Holder said: “We've done well this year and I thought the company should put something back into the community while taking a day off to entertain clients and associates. I picked up a leaflet about the ME Association and read that, while they help huge numbers of people with information and support, they're still battling to obtain full official recognition for the physical nature of ME.”
“It must be awful for people with ME to encounter hostility and disbelief when all they want from the medical profession is help to make them better so they can back to normal life again.”
The day made over £1,000 for each charity. S V Timber presented their cheque to the ME Association's vice-chairman, Ba Stafford, at their offices in The Old Pallet Yard, Crompton Road, Ilkeston on Tuesday, 14 December.
Mrs Stafford commented: “While there are pockets of good practice, ME sufferers struggle everyday to get the medical respect they deserve. This results in delayed diagnoses, inappropriate advice about how to get better and denial of benefits. While we're still waiting for a cure for ME, there's lot more that should be done to help sufferers get better.
“The ME Association, which provides UK-wide support, relies heavily on voluntary donations to keep going. When we heard how S V Timber had helped us, we were absolutely delighted”.
Picture shows company directors Dan Holder (left) and his brother Ed with Ba Stafford and that very welcome cheque.