GPT Supports Toy Appeal on Behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity
In 2017, GPT Waste Management were proud to support a young man with a very special mission at Christmas – his name is Kenzie and he is from St Helens.
GPT Waste Management decided to support a specific cause at Christmas and were introduced to a young man through Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Kenzie. Kenzie had been referred to Alder Hey Hospital when he was four, after his family noticed he had developed a limp that did not go away.
A doctor diagnosed Kenzie with Perthes disease, a rare condition that affects the femur in the leg making it soft and breakable. In early 2012, Kenzie underwent an operation to reshape the bone in his leg, leaving him bed-ridden in a hip cast for three months.
Kenzie’s mum, Tara said:
“The worst thing for Kenzie was that he was told he couldn’t take part in any high impact sports like football. He had been a little live wire so this was difficult.
He has since undergone months of intense physiotherapy and hydrotherapy as well as many operations However, despite still having muscle damage and weakness in the affected leg, Kenzie remains determined and positive.”
Kenzie was determined to do something to help Alder Hey as they have done so much for him.
It all started a few years ago, when Kenzie organised a toy collection at his school, to donate to children spending Christmas at Alder Hey. He delivered the toys on the day of his operation and has been an ambassador for this charity ever since organising the toy appeal each year.
In 2017 the hospital was in need of gifts for young babies and teenagers, GPT Waste Management decided that they could help by making a generous donation through a fundraising initiative organised by their staff members. GPT Waste also decided that they would match whatever their staff raised.
GPT Waste Management raised £1000 for the charity, and were happy to involved in the Christmas present shopping for the children who were spending their Christmas in hospital.
Kenzie’s family said:
“This Christmas was Kenzie’s 4th Toy Appeal and he collected wonderful presents from incredible members of the family, friends, general public and businesses one being ‘GPT Waste Management’. GPT Staff rallied around and did a collection for Kenzie’s Toy Appeal which lead to an ALMIGHY, ASTOUNDING donation of £1000 worth of gifts to be donated to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Gifts ranging from Teddies, Playsets, Puzzles, and Books galore to DVD’s, iTunes Vouchers and much, much more. We were absolutely overwhelmed and blown away by how kind, generous, supportive, and helpful each and every one of GPT Waste had been. We cannot express in words how eternally grateful we are for all of your help and support with this years’ appeal, as without the kindness, generosity and help of individuals such as yourself Kenzie wouldn’t be able to achieve any of this and from the bottom of our hearts Thank You! You have made such a difference to the families and children of Alder Hey this Christmas time.”
“Kenzie handed over his donations on 22nd December 2017, his face was absolutely priceless. To see the support, he receives each year is utterly heart-warming. To see how much Kenzie gets out of fundraising is more than we ever dreamed of. Thank you to each and every one of you who donated and helped Team Kenzie with Kenzie’s Christmas Toy Appeal to help bring Christmas to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital this Christmas. “
Guy Cherry, Managing Director of GPT Waste Management, commented:
“Supporting Kenzie and the charity has been a delight and especially at this time of year when so many children have to send time in hospital. Being able to raise the money and actually purchase the toys that the children can enjoy on Christmas Day was wonderful. We would like to say a special thank you to all the staff member at GPT who made the fundraising a success.”
GPT Waste are proud supporters of different charities and encourage those who are looking to get involved with the Kenzie Christmas Toy Appeal to visit their website here: www.alderheycharity.org