County businesses bin helping hospice

Businesses in Nottinghamshire have helped raise £20,000 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People by taking part in its '˜Where's it Bin?' scheme.

Ten months ago, the hospice, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses including those from Nottinghamshire, launched its Where’s It Bin? campaign.

Where’s it Bin? sees Rainbows drop three branded wheelie bins – Barry, Bertie and Betty – to businesses, organisations and clubs for one week.

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People are encouraged to fill them with unwanted saleable goods for the Rainbows charity shops. At the end of the week, Rainbows collect the bins and all the donations.

Now more than 2,000 bags have been donated and the campaign has raised £20,000 towards the work of Rainbows.

Tom Stanyard, corporate partnership fund-raiser at Rainbows, said: “We are delighted to announce that businesses and groups in Nottinghamshire have helped to raise such an incredible amount and we thank all of them for looking after Barry, Bertie and Betty, but also want to thank everyone who has donated their unwanted items.

“The bins are always looking for somewhere new to visit and the idea of keeping the collection bins at the workplace or an office is so people who want to donate their unwanted items don’t have to go out of their way to do so. Whether you’re a team of three or 300, you could help make a huge difference by filling a bin with your unwanted items.”

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To take part in the campaign, contact Tom on 01509 283919 or [email protected]

Rainbows Hospice covers the whole of the East Midlands providing care and support for the region’s children and young people.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, died of Leukaemia in 1989.

Laura’s favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Rainbows first opened its doors in 1994.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, thousands children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.