At its last meeting, The Travel Retail Consortium (TRC) presented The Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity with a cheque for £1045, representing monies raised over the last two years at its various events and meetings. The cheque was presented by Martyn Westbury (left in image) to fellow Consortium member Tom Manktelow, who is a CHC parent volunteer.

In a letter to the TRC, CHC Co-Chair and Trustee Michelle Walkley highlighted how the money would be used: “Our current project is to deliver our first Teacher Training Day at Great Ormond Street with supportive literature, as School is one area that our families have great worries and concerns over.  Your generosity will go towards funding this and further support for our families through Family Conferences, Social Days and continued efforts in raising awareness,” she wrote.

The Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity is a UK-based organisation to support families who have children with Congenital Hyperinsulinism by holding conferences, raising awareness and raising funds for research.

“With the Trustees all having CHI children themselves, we know how vital our work is in supporting other families of children with Hyperinsulinism, as living with the condition can prove to be isolating and overwhelming,” continued Walkley. “ It is hard for families to juggle the 24/7 management of CHI along with normal day to day routines and relationships, with many finding themselves in extreme hardship and financial instability along with managing their own health, emotions and anxieties.”

TRC PR Relations Manager, Rebecca Harwood Lincoln commented: “Fund raising is a very important element of The Travel Retail Consortium’s work and we are always keen to keep our initiatives ‘close to home’ by supporting a charity that is personal to a member of the Consortium. We all come from very different industry categories but one thing we share – apart from travel retail – is a commitment to helping others less fortunate than ourselves. That is something we will continue to do this year and moving forward.”

Other charities supported by the TRC in the past include Gain supporting those affected by Guillain-Barré syndrome, The Smile Train supporting those with cleft lip and palate, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

The new charity chosen by incoming Chairman, Jonathan Corbett is the Chestnut Tree House Hospice in Sussex –  who care for 300 children and young adults with progressive life-shortening conditions.