Roofing firm’s research gift

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A DERBYSHIRE roofing company which set itself the challenge of raising £25,000 for charity during its 25th anniversary year has picked a leading Sheffield research centre as one of the beneficiaries.

A DERBYSHIRE roofing company which set itself the challenge of raising £25,000 for charity during its 25th anniversary year has picked a leading Sheffield research centre as one of the beneficiaries.

Martin-Brooks from Chesterfield handed over £1,000 to the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience or SITraN - Europe’s first dedicated research institute for motor neurone disease and other neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis - as they approached the halfway point in their challenge.

Directors Gerald Brooks and Jeremy Martin visited the centre in Dorset Street, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, to hand over the money and received a tour of from Professor Pamela Shaw, who heads up the ground-breaking facility.

Jeremy said: “It was a pleasure to visit SITraN and see firsthand how essential charitable donations are to the future of the centre.

“The research being conducted there is a credit to Sheffield and its academic institutions and we look forward to extending our support once we reach our £25,000 goal.”

Prof Shaw added: “SITraN has the potential to make a positive impact on patients and carers affected by neurodegenerative diseases across the UK.

“We would like to thank Martin-Brooks for this wonderful donation and their continuing support. This is a vastly underfinanced area of medical research and fundraising is essential to our continued success.”

Other charities benefiting from the company’s charity challenge include Help for Heroes, Cavendish Cancer Care, St Vincent’s Furniture Scheme, Sheffield Talking News and The Rowan School for children with complex speech, language and communication difficulties.

Others are The MS Therapy Centre in Catcliffe, Amy’s Retreat and Norfolk Park Special School.