Construction firm donates toys to families affected by fire

L-R: James Roberts Gelder Group, Darren Badley, firefighter, Lisa Allam, WI, Seth Armstrong, station manager, Lucy Barker, WI, Ian Keogh, Gelder Group

East Midlands construction company Gelder Group has donated over £200 worth of new toys to children and their families who have lost theirs to fire, as part of a new toy campaign.

Set up by the Firefighters of Nottinghamshire, the toy campaign aims to support families who have very little after being affected by fire and other life changing circumstances.

Firefighter Darren Badley, who has worked for Nottinghamshire Fire Station for 15 years, set up the campaign with the support of his fellow firefighters and approached Gelder Group and other firms in the region to ask for donations for the cause.

Kevin Manterfield, major contracts director at Gelder Group, said: “I was very moved after receiving a letter from Newark Fire Station requesting toys for children and their families and we were keen to get involved and show our support.

“I can’t imagine the suffering these children and their families have had to endure after losing their homes and we hope that our contribution will help to bring some joy at such a difficult time. I’d like wish Darren and the team at Newark Fire Station all the best for the campaign.”

The campaign is seeking donations of toys and games but also more practical gifts are also welcomed such as toiletries. The gifts will then be distributed by the fire station to local, in-need children and families.

Darren Badley said: “We see loss every day and I wanted to do something positive to help those in the Newark area who have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

“As a member of the Nottinghamshire community and as a firefighter, I all too often see the heart-breaking positions many families are left in following traumatic experiences, myself and the team wanted to do something positive to help those people as well as spread some cheer as we head towards the festive season.

“The support we have had so far is fantastic and I’d like to thank Gelder Group sincerely for its donation, support and effort, which will definitely be of great benefit to our community and is very much appreciated.”

If you’d like to donate to the cause please contact Darren Badley Darren.Badley@notts-fire.gov.uk

Gelder Group is a multi-award-winning construction company based in Lincolnshire which works across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, commercial and residential building projects.