Fenchurch Insurance in Caterham has chosen Duchenne research charity, Harrison’s Fund, as its new charity partner.
The company was impressed by the charity’s unwavering passion to find a cure for the life limiting condition, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and has pledged to give a donation from every sale of insurance that mentions the charity’s name.
Harrison’s Fund raises money towards research into Duchenne – a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. The charity was set up in 2012 and its goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 16 research projects in the US and the UK.
Paul Smith, 55, Managing Director at Fenchurch Insurance said: “I’d been looking for a charity to support for some time now and last September a friend mentioned Harrison’s Fund. After a conversation with their founder, Alex, my decision was cemented. Listening to what him and the thousands of other families have to go through every day living with this condition, was just heart-breaking. Research is the only hope these families have.
“Although I haven’t had any direct experience of the disease, as a dad myself the cause really struck a chord with me and we are determined to try and raise at least £100,000 this year. So, if anyone is looking to renew their insurance we urge you to come to us, mention the charity, and we’ll make the donation on your behalf. It won’t cost you anything extra. It’s as easy as that!”
Heather Smith, head of fundraising at Harrison’s Fund added: “Paul’s enthusiasm for our work was evident from the moment we met and we are delighted to have been chosen by him and his team. We are a small charity, but we have big ambitions and hope one day to live in a world where Duchenne no longer exists.”