AROUND 300 people went along to the special charity afternoon held at LG Harris and Co in memory of long-standing employee Michael Thompson who passed away earlier this year.
It generated almost £4,000 for road safety charity Brake and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
The event, at the company’s Stoke Prior base, featured a bouncy castle, five-a-side football tournament, raffle, face-painting, cake stall and barbecue.
Pauline Gerrard, from the organising team, thanked everyone who went along to the event and all of the employees from LG Harris, their families, friends and suppliers for all their help and support.
“The day started with rain and we thought it was going to be a washout, but it turned into a fabulous afternoon and everybody who came had a lovely time, raising money in Mick’s memory. ”
Probably the most poignant part of the afternoon was, in the company of Michael’s family, the unveiling of a memorial bench to provide a lasting reminder of Michael, his life and his contribution to the company.
Michael, 65, who worked for LG Harris for 40 years, died in March when he was involved in a crash with a lorry while he was cycling to work.
“The family are keen for Mick to be remembered and it was felt that a memorial bench would be most appropriate.
“The bench, purchased with money raised by directors and staff, will be sited pride of place at the front of the head office building,” added Pauline.
Tom Sutton, assistant marketing manager, said the day was testament to the huge impact Mick had and was still having on everyone he came in contact with.
“So much work has gone on behind the scenes, both by a committed team of volunteers here at Harris and across the community to create this family fun day – a fitting tribute to Mick.”