Telford store raises £1,850 to help youngster who needs special wheelchair


A Telford business has raised £1,850 to help buy a special wheelchair for a youngster who has a condition affecting his muscles.

The funds raised by Jule’s Convenience store in Telford will contribute towards the purchase of a powered wheelchair for nine-year-old Noah Stevenson-Lea, from Lawley.

Noah was diagnosed with duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of three.

Due to his condition, he has become less mobile and requires a powered wheelchair to enable him to move safely.

Jule’s Convenience, in Haybridge Road, Hadley, held an in-store raffle which took place on Mother’s Day.

Telford Mayor Amrik Jhawar, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Colonel Mark Cuthbert-Brown and councillor for Hadley & Leegomery, Leon Murray, pulled the winning tickets.

The first prize was a large cuddly bear, donated by the Sahota family in Ketley, with other toys and treats amongst the second and third place prizes.

Julie Duhra, owner of Jule’s Convenience, regularly supports both national and local charities and hosts fundraising events in the local community.

She said: “We wanted to support a local family as family is very much at the heart of our community.

“Our aim was to raise £1,000 so I’m delighted we’ve exceeded our expectations and would like to thank everyone who has donated.

“The money raised will help make a real difference to Noah and his family.”

Councillor Jhawar said: “Well done to the team at Jule’s Convenience who have done a great job in raising money for a fantastic cause.”

As well as the charity raffle, the team at the store hand delivered cake boxes to residents at the Haybridge Hall retirement scheme.

Julie added: “I sadly lost my mum to cancer two years ago and Mother’s Day is always a difficult day but this year we wanted to do something which would bring joy to many local mothers who may not be able to see their children due to the pandemic.”

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