Clements celebrates 50th anniversary with charity drive

Daz Fuller (Support Our Paras) with Jim Longstaff (Clements Equipment Hire)

Clements Equipment Hire is marking its 50th year by giving ten chosen charities a boost.

To celebrate half a century in business, the company, in Torrington Avenue, is awarding a total of £5,000 to charities close to its heart.

And the Clements kicked off its charity drive by donating funds to blood cancer charity the Anthony Nolan Trust and Support Our Paras, the official charity for the parachute regiment.

Clements contributed £500 in support of a cycle challenge raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which saw an 18-strong team cycle 100 miles from Winsford in Cheshire to Winsford Avenue in Coventry.

The challenge was organised in support of 11-year-old Amelia Luxmoore, who was matched with a bone marrow donor after being diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a rare disease which affects bone marrow and its ability to produce red and white blood cells and platelets.

Amelia’s mother, Marie Luxmoore, from Kenilworth, said she is extremely grateful for Clements’ support.

“We wanted to show our gratitude to Antony Nolan for all their support and one of the doctors at the GP practice where I work suggested we organise a charity bike ride,” she said. “To make it challenging we decided to gather an 18-strong team to cycle 100 miles from Winsford in Cheshire to Allesley Park Medical Centre in Winsford Avenue, Coventry, where I am practice manager.

“Clements’ contribution was the largest donation we received and it was brilliant to have the team’s support. We were completely taken aback by their generosity and are very grateful to have been selected as part of their 50th anniversary charity drive.

“I’m pleased the donation will now help to benefit others like Amelia who are being supported by the charity and searching for matching donors.”

Clements has also awarded £500 to Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of injured soldiers and their families.

Jim Longstaff, chairman of Clements Equipment Hire, presented the cheque to former paratrooper Daz Fuller during a golf day and gala dinner hosted by Coventry property firm The Wigley Group.

Clements was a headline sponsor at the event which was held at Staverton Park De Vere in Northampton.

Jim said: “After enjoying a successful 50 years in business the Clements’ team wanted to give back to the community by donating money to good causes that are close to their hearts.

“Over the course of the year, 10 charities will receive £500 and it was great to kick off the proceedings by selecting the Anthony Nolan Trust and Support Our Paras.

“Marie and Amelia, her father Simon, and brother William, are all friends of Clements and we wanted to give our backing to the cycle team and say thank you to Anthony Nolan for finding a donor which enabled the bone marrow transplant to take place.

“Then after meeting Daz and hearing how Support Our Paras had helped him adapt back to civilian life, I thought it was important for us to show our support with another donation.

“We are now looking forward to continuing to mark our 50th anniversary by donating funds to other good causes.”