A WEARSIDE businessman is hoping to serve up a big boost for charity.
G Gill Foods, which runs Gill’s Delicious Golden Fish and Chips shops across Sunderland and Tyneside, as well as venues under the G Gill Leisure brand, has named the North East branch of children’s charity the Variety Club as its chosen charity for the year.
Every Gill’s site will carry collection tins and the company hopes to make a substantial donation at the end of 12 months.
The Variety Club works to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, whether by supplying them with the specialist Sunshine Coach minibuses, wheelchairs, sports equipment, or by financing new developments on hospital wards.
By choosing to support the regional branch of the charity, Gill’s has ensured the funds raised will help children in the region where their organisation was founded.
Sonny Gill, G Gill managing director, said: “This is a fantastic charity which provides visible results that are often practically on our own doorstep and help the most deserving and vulnerable individuals in our society.
“Any fund-raising events that are planned and organised by and for Gill’s will provide funds for this cause. Every site we own will carry collection tins specifically for the Variety Club.
“We are confident that our generous customers will help us to raise an excellent donation for this charity, and we look forward to presenting this to them in 12 months time.”
Bob Gladwin, chairman of the Variety Club’s Northern region, said: “We are delighted to have become the named charity for such a big local corporation as Gill’s and very grateful for their support.
“We have already received more than £600 from G Gill Leisure this year, so hope that, with their support, we can continue to raise much-needed funds.
“We wish them well in their quest to raise a substantial amount for the children and thank all their customers for every amount they donate – it all adds up.”
To find out more about the charity’s valuable work locally and nationwide, visit www.varietyclubnorth.org.uk or www.varietyclub.org.uk