LOCAL business Armstrong Richardson Group raise money for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust.

The efforts, led by 25 year old Charlotte Jones, have been a tremendous effort by the whole company.

The dedication has been in memory of her late grandfather Brian Jones; who previously headed the group which includes AR Agriculture, AR Entertainments, AR Fuels, AR Wholesale, C&C Horse Transport and Millbry Hill.

Grazina Berry, CEO of the only charity dedicated to research into the rare blood condition, visited their Head Office for the day to receive the cheque of £20,000.

Staff were shown a presentation on where the money will be spent and who it effects, with Grazina explaining why all of their hard work has been worthwhile.

Up to 150 people are year are diagnosed with the disease.  However, with the help of research and developments by Aplastic Anaemia Trust, survival statistics have improved dramatically over the last few years to 80-85%.

“Thanks to the dedicated fundraising effort from the Armstrong Richardson Team we’re now able to fund year 1 of a paediatric registry of young aplastic anaemia patients, as the essential basis for key research in understanding childhood incidence of the disease, measure the quality of life of children affected and ultimately, leading to improving their treatment and care” said Grazina.

She also added “A huge thank you to Armstrong Richardson from everyone at the AAT and all of our 1,250 patients and their supporters!”

The money raised by a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, Three Peaks Challenge, bake sales, raffles, soup and sandwich afternoons, Christmas jumper days and store collection tins, will be a great boost to the charity.  The generous company then matched all the donations pound for pound.

Charlotte said “I’m so proud of Grandpa and what he had achieved in his life, so I’m pleased that we have found a fitting way to honour him.

“I hope that the money raised will help find a cure for aplastic anaemia and support those and their families who are suffering.”

The teams do not intend to stop there with their fundraising efforts either, with more fundraising activities already planned.

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust was the Company’s chosen charity for 2017.  Due to a valued employee being recently effected by the rare condition, the family run business has pledged to continue its support for 2018.

Donations towards the charity can be made at any of the Millbry Hill stores at Stokesley, Richmond, Whitby and Whitehaven.