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Amdec’s novel uplifting donation for Christie charity
Tuesday 14th February 2017 @ 10:04 by Tom Greggan
Business Dukinfield News

A company from Dukinfield recently came up with a novel way to raise money for The Christie… by raffling off a forklift truck!

Amdec Forklifts, based on Globe Lane, donated one of their trucks worth £12,000 and sold raffle tickets to customers and suppliers for £50. They raised over £10,000 in total and last week, they invited ex-Man United manager Tommy Docherty to present the cheque and draw the winning raffle ticket.

It was all in honour of a friend of the company, Andy Brett, who was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent intense treatment at The Christie.

Andy said: “It was around about this time last year that I was diagnosed with cancer. It came out of nowhere, I’m 31-years-old. They basically told me I would have to have chemotherapy and a massive operation.

“I was in Christie’s for about three and a half weeks, in intensive care for a while. The nurses, the staff and the doctors couldn’t do enough for me so it’s a charity close to my heart because of how they looked after me.”

Former Man United Tommy Docherty manager prepares to pull out the winning ticket as Dukinfield business Amdec raffle off a forklift truck for The Christie.

Andy said he was extremely grateful to Amdec for raising the money in his name. “I choked up when I found out what they were doing,” he said. “I can’t thank Amdec enough. They are a great company who look after each other. I wasn’t expecting it but I’m made up with it.”

Mark Clare is the Sales Director at Amdec and he led the fundraising efforts. He said the company couldn’t have done it without the support they received. “We’ve been absolutely amazed with how generous our customers and suppliers have been,” he said. “It’s been fantastic. We would also like to thank the following companies who provided their services free of charge to make the fundraising possible; Studio 3000 photographers, Petch Printers, BK Executive Cars and GT Grafix.

“We think the world of Tommy Docherty.  He came here free of charge, knowing it was for the Christie, which we’re absolutely made up with and it was good to see him again.”

Hyde company Amphorea Packaging were the lucky winners of the forklift truck and Tommy was on hand to give them the keys and present them with the forklift truck.

In total, £10,450 was raised for The Christie, which delighted fundraising co-ordinator Jen Bailey. She said: “It’s an absolutely incredible amount that has been raised and we’re just so grateful for companies such as Amdec for fundraising for The Christie.

“It makes such a difference to what we can do in the future to continue fighting cancer and helping more and more patients like Andy to beat this terrible disease.”