Firm’s vans on flood mission
Published on: 02 Feb 2016
DOWNEND firm BNS Property Management made a charitable start to the year by helping out victims of flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
It happened after Ian Simmonds, from BNS, heard a local radio item about David Millard, a club cricketer who had been collecting supplies for those affected.
David, 47, from Knowle, had been helped by the cricket community after he was involved in a car crash in which a fellow cricketer died and felt he wanted to repay that support when he heard about the floods.
Working with Cricket Aid UK, he arranged for donations including furniture, toys, clothes bedding, food and toiletries to be taken to local clubs – then went on radio to ask for help to transport them to the north.
Ian immediately responded with the offer of two vans and drivers to collect the goods and trake them up to the Ribble Valley, for distribution by the Whalley Lions.
So many clubs responded, including Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, Taunton, Knowle and Whitchurch, that a third vehicle – from City West Commercials - was needed.
Ian said: “The donations were gratefully received by the volunteers at the Whalley Lions and everyone commented on the variety and quality of the goods.
“Not only has a great deed been done by David and everyone else who’s helped out, there has also been a lot of media interest in the project, which will hopefully generate even more donations and funds for the flood victims.
“We like to get involved with as many charity projects as possible. Helping with this project has shown us how much generosity there is everywhere; it’s amazing what can be achieved when people pull together.”
David said: “The momentum this project has gained in such a short space of time is incredible and I’m absolutely blown away by the generosity of everyone who has donated, the cricket clubs who have supported me and the local businesses who have provided their services.”