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Selco Rochester opening brings community boost

February 23rd, 2022
Rochester branch opening

We are proud to have marked the official opening of our new Rochester branch by making a £5,000 donation to charities.

We opened the doors to our branch on Medway City Estate on Anthony’s Way in December and have now held the official opening celebration, which was delayed due to coronavirus restrictions.

As part of the opening, we donated £1,000 to Kent based charity My Shining Star Children’s Cancer Charity through our Selco Stars programme, while providing a £2,000 boost to charity partners Global’s Make Some Noise and Cancer Research UK.

My Shining Star, which has its head office in Rainham, provides emotional and financial support for families which have children affected by cancer.

Our donation will be used to extend the offering of trauma support for families.

Anita Marinelli, founder and chair of the Board of Trustees for My Shining Star, said: “We were thrilled to win the Selco Stars prize and the donation of £1,000 will make a huge difference to our work.

“We try and support up to 5,000 families across the country every year. That may be through providing financial assistance or helping with wellbeing and mental health.

“When a child embarks on a battle with cancer it has an impact on the entire family and our aim is to be there to help them every step of the way.

“We will use the Selco donation to strengthen our trauma support programme for families supporting children because we need everyone to be as strong as possible for what is inevitably a very testing time.”

Global’s Make Some Noise supports small charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK while Cancer Research UK, Selco’s new charity partner for 2022, funds doctors, nurses and scientists to carry out pioneering research to help provide a solution to defeating cancer.

Mat Brice, Selco Rochester branch manager, said: “We are delighted to have opened a new branch in the area and there has certainly been strong interest in our first few months of trading.

“Supporting the local communities in which we operate is a major part of the Selco philosophy and My Shining Star is a fantastic charity which supports families through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

“We are also thrilled to be playing our part in backing the outstanding work carried out by Global’s Make Some Noise and Cancer Research UK.”

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