Hatfield builders merchant raises money to help cancer stricken customer

PUBLISHED: 14:51 31 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 31 January 2017

Travis Perkins assistant manager Darren Maynard, Charlotte Burrett and Paul Cracknell promote their fundraising day on the 1st of February.

Travis Perkins assistant manager Darren Maynard, Charlotte Burrett and Paul Cracknell promote their fundraising day on the 1st of February.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Hatfield builders merchant is fundraising for one of its loyal customers after he was diagnosed with cancer and has not been able to work since.

Travis Perkins Hatfield is staging a series of charity fundraisers starting on February 1, to raise funds for one of its customers, and friend of the Hatfield branch, Barry Borret.

The local trader was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and has not been able to work since.

The branch have teamed up with Barry’s employer, Kier Construction, to raise funds for the Borret family whilst Barry undergoes treatment for cancer and is unable to return work.

The branch is hosting a ‘Cement Mixer Challenge’ in its store located in Travellers Lane, Welham Green, tomorrow, March 1, and March 29, from 8am to 3pm on the three days.

During the day customers will be invited to ‘try’ their hand at the challenge and raise some money for the Borret family.

Participants will be competing to land the most successive passes into the mixer, with the winner receiving not only the title of Ultimate Cement Mixer Champion, but also £50 worth of Tesco vouchers to spend.

For each rugby ball successfully thrown into the mixer, Travis Perkins will make a £1 donation to the cause.

Ben Tavener, manager of the Travis Perkins Hatfield branch, says: “Barry was always a regular face in the branch and we were all devastated to learn of his illness. Naturally we want to do everything we can to help.

“Travis Perkins is a long time supporter of rugby having sponsored the Northampton Saints since 2001, so we thought organising a fundraiser that incorporates our rugby ties whilst raising money for such a good cause was a great idea.

“It looks set to be a really fun event and we hope everyone gets involved on the day so we can raise as much money as possible to support Barry.”


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