THE BOTANIST has celebrated raising over £8,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) after partnering with the charity when it first opened in December 2014.
Throughout the course of 2015, the bar and restaurant ran a series of incentives to boost the fundraising pot and setting out plans only in December of reaching £5,000, it smashed its target by adding £4,000 to the total in the final month of the fundraising campaign.
The Botanist general manager Andrew Shiel-Redfern handed over a cheque to the charity during the venue’s first birthday celebrations at the end January.
Chris Gray, head of fundraising at CHUF said: “It’s incredible to receive £8,100 from The Botanist. They have had a whirlwind of a year so we’re thrilled to share in their success. The donation will go towards the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital to provide world-class care to critically ill babies, children and young people.
“We also have to say a huge thank you to Andy for his amazing effort in the Great North Run and his fundraising total of £1,100. We’re looking forward to partnering with The New World Trading Company again in the future.”
Andrew said: “CHUF certainly has a place in my heart and we’ve heard so many positive stories about the work that the team does from our customers – it plays such a vital role in the North East community.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Chris and it feels great to know that the funds can now be spent on children and their families in need. I’m proud of a lot of achievements we’ve been able to toast in our first year as a business but this tops them.
“We’ve set the bar high but we plan to continue our charity efforts in 2016 and raise even more money for our region’s worthy causes.”