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Total Glass and suppliers support children’s cancer charity

Donations from window and door company Total Glass and building trade suppliers have helped a Wrexham-based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.

The firms provided building materials and labour to build a new 12 metre x 2.5 metre verandah, steps and ramp for a caravan, owned by Nicola’s Fund, at the Greenacres Holiday Park, Porthmadog.

Founded by Deborah and Steve Riley, after their 14-year-old daughter lost her fight against a malignant brain tumour, Nicola’s Fund aims to provide holidays and other well-deserved treats for children who are suffering from cancer.

Total Glass, one of the UK’s leading PVC-U and aluminium window and door fabricators, was approached by one of their customers Will Evans of EWE Building Plastics who assisted with the co-ordination of the appeal and provided the balustrading components with support from Geoplas, a verandah supplier.

“Where possible, as a company we aim to support community and charity projects,” said Phill Cresswell, Sales and Marketing Manager at Total Glass. “Having sadly lost our former Managing Director Paul Ierston to cancer two years ago, this is a subject close to our hearts and we were only too happy to help.”

Commenting on the new verandah, Steve Riley said: “We are absolutely thrilled and in difficult times we are constantly amazed by the generosity and support for Nicola’s Fund. This project is a prime example of local communities and businesses giving time and materials to help others.

We would sincerely like to thank everyone who has helped in making this project work – you are all making a real difference to peoples’ lives.”

North Wales-based Builders Merchant Huw Grays supplied the timber frame and decking, which was installed in a week by local joiner Gwil Smith, who gave his time free of charge.

Gwil said: “The new verandah looks fantastic and will make a huge difference to the use of the caravan. It replaces a smaller one that was rotten and so unsafe I actually fell through it! The Rileys are absolutely delighted with the improvement and the effort of all involved making this project a reality. It’s nice to give something back.”

Will added:  “This was a real community project that will provide enjoyment for many families and saw a number of suppliers pulling together for a worthwhile cause. I’m grateful for all their support.”

Since her death three years ago, Nicola’s Fund, a charity set up by her parents seven years ago, has raised nearly £350,000 and helped over 300 families.  Every day in the UK 10 families will learn that their child has cancer.

For more information, contact Total Glass on 0151 549 2339 or visit the website at www.totalglass.com.