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Cleaners dust off treasure for charity

23 October 2015

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan cleaning staff raise over £1,000 through sponsored team events

A group of kind hearted cleaners swapped hoovering for hunting treasure to raise more than £1,000 for a local charity.

Around 100 members of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) cleaning staff were sponsored by family, friends and colleagues to take part in a treasure hunt and a crown green bowling competition. They managed to raise a fantastic £1,020 and donated it to the Chloe Angel Fundraising Appeal.

Chloe is a nine-year-old girl from Preston who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, has epilepsy and type one diabetes, and needs to be fed by a tube. She made the trip to the Preston Campus with her mum, Hannah Gallagher, and her nana, Johanna Gallagher, to receive the donation from a selection of the staff who were involved.

Johanna said: “We’re truly humbled by all your efforts to raise such a fantastic amount of money. We’re so thankful for your help and we are planning to use the money you have raised to buy Chloe a multi-sensory station. This will make such a big difference.”

Jacqui Fletcher, who has been a cleaner at UCLan for 30 years, suggested Chloe Angel’s charity after suffering her own personal heartbreak. She said: “I had a son who had cerebral palsy and he died aged 19 so I know what the family are going through. It’s brilliant that we’ve raised so much money and it’s lovely the family can buy something that Chloe really needs.”

“It’s brilliant that we’ve raised so much money and it’s lovely the family can buy something that Chloe really needs.”

(UCLan cleaners and managers presenting the cheque and flowers to Chloe, her mum, Hannah, and nana, Johanna.)

The sponsored events were part of team building away days for UCLan’s Facilities Management cleaners and caretakers.

Vanessa Chew, UCLan’s Student Accommodation, Buildings and Security Manager, added: “We wanted to recognise the hard work of the cleaners so organised the staff away days. It was in the planning process that it was suggested we raise sponsorship for a charity at the same time. To see the enthusiasm of the staff to engage in the team event and raise such a fantastic amount of money is great. It shows the kindness of them all and I know they’re absolutely delighted and over the moon to see what they’ve achieved for this special little girl.”

Vanessa, who praised the work of her colleagues Tracie McCrudden and Linda Bond in organising the sessions, added: “Chloe’s family were so delighted with what the staff had been doing that they wanted to come in and thank them personally. That shows how this fundraising activity has made a difference.”

If you would like donate to the Chloe Angel Appeal please visit the charity shop at 65 Wellington Road, Ashton. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4.00pm. They are looking for donations of clothing, unwanted toiletries, make-up, perfume etc. For further information please go to Chloe Angel Appeal on Facebook.