Kind-hearted Lee Booker raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hatching a plan worthy of winning any gold medal.
The 50-year-old was inspired by this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and used Team GB’s success to support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Lee is a Sales Assistant at the charity’s Bury St Edmunds shop, in St John’s Street.
Every time our heroic Olympians and Paralympians won a gold, silver or bronze medal he donated £2, £1 or 50p respectively.
He was joined by EACH volunteers Trudie and Alan Spearman and Peter Bowyer, who matched his efforts, and each ended up donating £218.50.
Customers supported the cause by putting donations in the shop’s purple pot on the counter, while EACH Retail Area Manager – North West Simon Foster chipped in £10 to take the grand total to a fantastic £700.
“It’s an awesome amount of money,” said Lee.
“I didn’t start with any particular target but this certainly far exceeds my expectations. By the end of the Olympics, Trudie and Alan, Peter and myself had donated £76 each as Team GB won 22 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronzes. The total after the Paralympics was £142.50 each (41 golds, 38 silvers and 45 bronzes). It meant that in total we all donated £218.50. It’s an incredible amount and I’m so grateful to the volunteers who joined me, not to mention all the people who very generously put money in our pot.”
“Simon kindly donated £10 to round it up and I’d also like to say a very big thank you to Shop Manager Leanne McGeachin. She’s been so supportive from start to finish. I wanted to try and do something different and was inspired by Leanne’s fundraising efforts during the Splash Out! Fundraiser we had here in Bury. Everything snowballed from there. It’s an incredible amount of money and a real team effort. I’m very proud of the volunteers, our shop and EACH in general.”
Lee has worked in the Bury shop since July 2017, having started as a volunteer on Saturdays.
“I love it – it’s hard keeping me out of the shop because I enjoy being there so much,” he said.
“It’s just such a positive, uplifting place and everyone – staff, volunteers and customers – is so supportive. We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers to pitch in and lend a hand. Whatever time you have to offer, we’d love to hear from you because there are so many tasks to do, from sorting donations, labelling clothes and running the till to testing electrical goods and listing items on our thriving eBay shop. No previous experience is required and even just a couple of hours a week makes a big difference.”
The Bury shop is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
For more details, ring Leanne McGeachin on 01284 706631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about volunteering for EACH, head to www.each.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering