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Jeremy France raises over £10k for charity

The money raised will go to a state-of-the-art Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital

Independent jewellers Jeremy France have raised over £10,000 for the charity, The Murray Parish Trust.

Since October 2016, the retailer has been taking charitable donations for all jewellery polishing, alongside holding in-store events in order to raise the funds.

Some of the 25-strong team located in Winchester also scaled Mount Snowdon to support the local charity.

Founded in 2014 by married actors Sarah Parish and James Murray in memory of their daughter Ella-Jayne, who sadly passed away in 2009, The Murray Parish Trust endeavours to transform the department in which their daughter spent her last days.

In partnership with Southampton Hospital Charity, they have made it their mission to raise £2m in two years via their 2 ‘million steps campaign’ to create a state-of-the-art Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital.

With the help of Jeremy France and other national and local businesses the charity has reached the halfway mark of £1m.

Owner, Jeremy France commenting on the money raised, said: “We were immediately touched by The Murray Parish Trust. We have a vested interest not only because we are a family run business, with ‘family’ at the heart of our values, but also many of our employees have children themselves.

“This is such a great campaign for children both locally and wider-spread, over the proposed nine counties that the trauma unit will cover. As a business, we have a conscious responsibility of course, but we pick the charities we choose to support very carefully. The Murray Parish Trust is a charity we collectively feel very passionately about.”

On February 6 2018, France presented a cheque for £10,786.48 to The Murray Parrish Trust, the total amount his team and customers have raised so far.

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Lewis Catchpole

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