The North of England Children’s Cancer Research charity is celebrating 14 years of support from Barker and Stonehouse – and over £140,000 in donations raised by the furniture retailer.

The NECCR helps fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer at the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

Barker and Stonehouse managing director James Barker said: “The unit was created with NECCR funding and the charity is proud of the fact that they have the strongest team in Europe working in this vital field of research.

“We’re extremely proud to support the charity – it’s one we feel very strongly about, because a child of a member of the Barker and Stonehouse team was successfully treated at the RVI.”

Earlier this month a team of 25 Barker and Stonehouse staff took part in the Great North Run – and while funds are still coming in, over £6,000 has been raised to add to the pot so far.

Lee Wilson, manager of the Barker and Stonehouse Metro Centre store, said: “This was my sixth year competing in the Great North Run for the NECCR.  It’s a great cause to support, and the event atmosphere is always amazing.”

Chris Peacock, Chairman of the NECCR, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support Barker and Stonehouse has shown us since 2002.

“The incredible sum of money they have donated has helped us fund vital research into better treatments for childhood cancers, saving countless lives and improving the treatments provided to sick children and young people across the North of England.

“We’d like to thank staff for giving up their time, year on year, to help others – the support has been invaluable.”

Visit www.neccr.org.uk to find out more about this fantastic charity, and how you could get involved in supporting them.