PestFix makes local boys’ charity campaign reach its target

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PestFix’s strategic business executive, Anna Mollins, has been working since February 2023 to raise money for her best friend’s little boy who was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer.

Terry Burrows, PestFix’s managing director, took the decision to push the campaign over the finish line with yet another donation, so they have now hit their £250,000 target.

Ms Mollins said: “I am so overwhelmed with generosity from PestFix and its employees who have all been watching me fundraise during any free time I had. They’ve bought raffle tickets, sponsored my events and offered personal donations.

“When we first started fundraising, the idea of reaching £250,000 felt so out of reach! A small little group of friends and family of Teddy’s parents formed a committee Teddys Local Committee – to take on this challenge. We’d done the odd bit of fundraising in the past but nothing so close to our hearts.

“I have completed exercise marathons, painted the faces of hundreds of children (and adults), hosted stands in blistering heat, freezing cold, gale force winds and torrential downpours, even learnt to stilt walk whilst in a homemade Beaker Muppets costume!

“I want to share my utter gratitude to all that have donated, volunteered, completed fundraising, grown plants, made jam, hosted jumbles, climbed mountains, run marathons, pub quizzes, wine tasting nights and so much more. Plus, those who have helped me personally, especially my poor husband and children who haven’t had a free weekend that wasn’t fundraising for the whole of 2023.”

Ms Mollins said that Teddy has endured so many rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, stem cell transplants, bone marrow aspirates, immunotherapy since he was diagnosed at the age of three years old.

“He is now at the end of his NHS treatment and having scans this month to see how the cancer has responded,” Ms Mollins said.

“From there, it’s hoped that Teddy will be part of clinical trials in Pennsylvania, USA, which will give him that chance of a future.”

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With more than 25 years' experience in business-to-business publishing, Simon is editor of LBM titles Pest and OvertheCounter. Big fan of Manchester United.