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£1,000 raised for Rainbows Hospice for children and young people following fun day at Midlands manufacturer

Derbyshire-based concrete manufacturer Bison Precast has donated £1,000 to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People following a Family Fun Day held in celebration of the division’s centenary.

Bison – part of leading UK masonry manufacturer Forterra – recently invited staff and their families to an activity-filled event at its Swadlincote site, which marked 100 years since the concrete manufacturer was founded. £1,000 was raised on the day for the Loughborough-based children’s charity.

Cllr. David Muller, Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, whose charity of the year is Rainbows, was one of two VIP attendees at Bison’s Family Fun Day, along with MP for South Derbyshire, Heather Wheeler. 

Emily Wright, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Rainbows, said:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the team at Bison, as well as to everyone at the Fun Day who contributed to this very generous donation, and to Councillor Muller for his ongoing support.

“It costs £6.2million a year to run Rainbows and every single penny, apart from about three weeks’ worth of costs, comes from the great British public and the support of businesses like Bison.

“Your support means we can provide end of life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care. We can also be there to support parents and siblings. Our team are there for families when they need us the most, but we couldn’t do our work without the help of people like you. We know that together we can bring more love, smiles and laughter to our children, young people and families.”

Mike Nelson, Commercial Director at Bison Precast, commented:

“Our Family Fun Day was a truly memorable day for all our staff as we marked 100 years of business, and coming together to raise £1,000 for Rainbows made the day even more meaningful.

“We’re very grateful to our hardworking team and their families for celebrating our centenary with us and contributing to this incredibly worthy local cause in the process.” 

Founded in 1994, Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The team provides crucial care and support for children and their families, ranging from end-of-life care to short breaks and bereavement support. To find out more, please go to

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