Race day brings Keynsham firm Dribuild closer to finish line in £50k drive for charity
Published on: 04 Jun 2016
A charity race day organised by a Keynsham company has raised nearly £34,000 to go towards urgent research at Bristol hospitals into a debilitating auto-immune illness.
Building contractor Dribuild hosted an afternoon of racing at Bath Racecourse on July 12, inviting businesses from across the region to join the activities and support its charity of the year, Above and Beyond.
The event raised a staggering £33,978 towards the firm’s £50,000 target, all of which will go towards research into immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), which destroys platelets and can cause potentially life-threatening bleeding in sufferers, as well as severe tiredness.
The Dribuild team chose the charity after meeting 19-year-old Megan Abernethy-Hope, who despite being diagnosed with ITP in 2014 managed to win the Miss Bristol crown in 2015. Megan was treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary by ITP research lead Dr Charlotte Bradbury, undergoing chemotherapy, a splenectomy and taking steroids.
Megan said she was delighted by the success of the racing day. She said: “Today has been absolutely phenomenal and has honestly brought me to tears. The generosity of everyone here has been outstanding and I need to say a huge thanks to Dribuild and everyone who donated anything from 50p to £100 because I know it’s going to make such a massive difference to ITP.
“For those who are already suffering with it, and unfortunately those who are yet to be diagnosed, I just want to say you’ve got the support of the South West behind you and we’re going to help fight this.”
The event was attended by a number of firms, including HSBC, Maxwells Chartered Accountants and Octagon Consultancy, and included tombola, games of heads or tails and a charity auction hosted by Geoff Twentyman of BBC Radio Bristol.
Dribuild managing director Matt Tyler said: “Following on from the success of last year’s charity event, we are thrilled to be back again as race day sponsor, raising vital funds for a charity close to our hearts. Above & Beyond is a fantastic organisation whose work stretches from providing the latest equipment to funding new research in Bristol’s city centre hospitals – no doubt we’ve all been touched at some point in our lives by the brilliant care the doctors and nurses provide.
“The support and generous donations we have received from all of those here today has been incredible. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed towards our target of £50,000, which we’re now well on our way to achieving.”
Find out more about Above and Beyond and its work for Bristol’s nine city centre hospitals at www.aboveandbeyond.org.uk