AGA Rangemaster raises £17,000 for Promise Dreams children’s charity
Left to right: Lisa O’Neill, AGA;Dale Jones, AGA; Steve Bull; David Thorp, AGA; Amy Johnson, Promise Dreams
Football legend Steve Bull has netted £17,000 to help make life a little easier for sick and disadvantaged children. The donation from Telford-based AGA Rangemaster – makers of the iconic AGA and Rayburn cookers – was accepted by the ex-Wolves and England striker on behalf of the Promise Dreams charity.
Wolverhampton-based Promise Dreams is a national children’s charity launched in 2001 to make dreams come true for seriously and terminally ill children, and their families, across the UK. The charity accepts applications on behalf of children from birth to 18, whether they would like some time away from hospital appointments and treatment for a family holiday, specialist equipment to ensure the best possible levels of care are maintained at home or even the chance to meet their favourite celebrity.
The cheque for £17,860 was presented to Steve Bull by Dave Thorp, a Process Leader at AGA Rangemaster, at the company’s Ketley factory. The money was raised by members of the staff keen to help a local good cause.
Amy Johnson, of Promise Dreams, said: “We are very grateful to AGA Rangemaster and its employees for this generous contribution. This would be a substantial donation to any charity, but to a small one like us it is truly amazing and really will enable us to raise many more smiles and create even more precious memories. Thanks to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of its supporters the charity has raised in excess of £2 million and more than 1,250 very special children have seen their dreams come true.”
Dave Thorp, of AGA Rangemaster, added: “We chose Promise Dreams because it is a local charity with a national reach. We have worked together before and we’re delighted to have been able to help make difficult times a little easier for the children Promise Dreams supports.”
Steve Bull – who scored 306 goals in his long career, including 18 hat tricks and nine international goals for England – said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to be able to pick up this cheque. I’ve been involved with Promise Dreams for the last 12 years. When I arrived this morning and saw the amount being given I was flabbergasted because we didn’t know what to expect. For AGA to have raised almost £18,000 and to be donating an AGA City60 as well is absolutely brilliant and it will bring a lot of smiles to a lot of faces.”