Peterlee businessman’s company agrees annual sponsorship with regional charity

Jan 31, 2020 | Business

A fast-growing financial advice company has agreed a partnership with a regional charity which will see the family firm become its flagship sponsor.

Wealth of Advice has announced an initial year-long sponsorship of the Bringing Back a Smile charity, which helps adults and young people who are going through treatment for serious or terminal illnesses.

As part of the sponsorship, the Belmont Business Park-based company will also host several fundraising events, while managing director Chris Breward is aiming to complete 20 runs in 2020, all in aid of the charity.

Chris Breward said: “I was made aware of Bringing Back a Smile last year by one of our clients and a friend of mine, Chris Sayers. Chris and his wife Melissa had received support from the charity as their daughter Daisy is going through treatment for leukaemia.

“I was really impressed with everything they do; they’re so committed to helping young children and adults who are in hospital for life threatening illnesses and are doing all sorts of good things that make a difference to people who are going through a terrible time.

“I knew last year that after we donated hundreds of selection boxes to Bringing Back a Smile I wanted to do more to help – as a charity Kevin and the team rely entirely on donations and fundraising and I do believe that companies like ours who can help should do their bit. Our sponsorship will make a huge difference to everything they’re trying to do.”

Wealth of Advice is working with Bringing Back a Smile to help raise enough funds to enable the purchase of a caravan at Primrose Valley. The caravan would be available all year round to families who are affected by life changing or threatening illnesses, giving them a haven to enjoy a few precious days away together.

Kevin Hill, who launched Bringing Back a Smile in 2017 after spending most of his life fundraising for charities, said: “We rely entirely on the generosity of companies and individuals who are prepared to dig deep to support us, so to agree this partnership with Wealth of Advice means so much.

“Working with Chris and the team, hopefully over the next 12 months we can make inroads into our efforts to raise enough money to purchase the caravan we’ve seen at Primrose Valley. That would mean so much to the many families across the North East who we support, offering them a peaceful retreat where they can go to enjoy some quality time in between gruelling treatments.”

Bringing Back a Smile is based in County Durham and is run by a team of eight people – Kevin working alongside fellow director Mandy Brunskill, trustees Katie Armstrong and Vicki Maddison and Vikki Lee Cameron, who is events co-ordinator. Three further people works regionally, Vicky Bayliss who works at Primrose Valley and manages the caravan breaks which are currently available to families supported by the charity, and Suzie Dodds and Jason Smallridge who are based in Thirsk.