A birthday is normally a time to expect to receive presents, but in the case of one company celebrating 30 years of trading in Leyland, theyare giving them out instead.
Throughout June, business gift distributors Ad-Options Ltd marked three decades of service in the North West with a series of donations to worthy causes – many of which are based in their home town of Leyland.
Their latest gift has been received by a charity based in the same town, but looks to help the lives of those thousands of miles away in China.
The Good Rock Foundation has been providing programmes to help improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in the country since 1997, working alongside child welfare institutes in the province of Xinjiang.
It was picked out to receive 500 branded pens featuring the charity’s details, which can be used for the dual purpose of raising money and awareness of their good work.
The charity, which has a shop on Hough Lane, first came to the attention of Ad-Options through sales manager Nicola Derbyshire, who has followed the work of founder Jacqui Shurr and her husband Jeff for a number of years.
Nicola said: “My daughter Hannah had been asked to vote on a selection of charities to become the recipients of any money generated by a fund-raising event involving students at her college.
“But while The Good Rock Foundation received a mention, they didn’t get selected as one of those who would benefit from the money raised.
“It became a natural choice that it would be nice if we could do something to help in place of that potential boost, so we decided that if we could donate something practical, like our branded pens, it could help to generate more awareness for the charity and hopefully bring in some well-deserved funds via other means.
“It was a pleasure to be able to hand these over to Jacqui and her team, and I hope that we will continue to hear many more heart-warming stories about the kind of successes they have been able to achieve using the money they raise here in Leyland.”
The Good Rock Foundation are joined by 29 other organisations in receiving donations from Ad-Options this year, under the strapline of ‘30 good causes for 30 years’.
A mix of local, national and international projects have so far been selected for the initiative, with half having already received their personalised gifts, with the other half still to be presented over the course of the year.