Bestway Foundation, the parent company of specialist wholesaler Bestpets, has given £100,000 to Save the Children.
Lord Zameer Choudrey, chief executive of Bestway Group, and Dawood Pervez, managing director of Bestway Wholesale, presented a cheque to the charity at Bestway Group’s Head Office in Park Royal, London.
The funds were raised through Bestway’s annual Ascot Charity Race Day in the summer, which was attended by more than 800 people this year, including Bestpets team members and suppliers.
More than 20 charities have benefited from funds raised through the event since it began in 1994, including Save the Children, which first became associated with the Bestway Foundation as its chosen charity in 2004. It was chosen for a second time this year.
Save the Children’s partnerships & philanthropy director, Sayyeda Salam, said: “We are incredibly grateful that Save the Children was chosen as the beneficiary for Bestway’s 2019 Royal Ascot Charity Race Day. It was a huge honour to be invited to be part of this prestigious event for the second time marking Save the Children’s 100th year.
A REAL DIFFERENCE
“Thanks to the generosity of Bestway and their guests the day resulted in an amazing donation of £100,000 that will make a real difference to help us support children in the greatest need both in the UK and globally across education, healthcare and disaster relief. We look forward to further building our partnership with Bestway.”
Since 1987, Bestway Group has given more than £14.8m to Bestway Foundation in the UK. Each year the company hosts its charity race day at Ascot – now in its 27th year. The event was attended by 800 of Bestway’s suppliers, employees, press and members of Save the Children.
HOUSE OF LORDS
The cheque handover follows the appointment of Zameer Choudrey to the House of Lords just last month, partly in recognition of his wide range of philanthropic work in the UK and overseas. The Ascot Charity Race Day annual event is just one of the ways that Lord Choudrey and Sir Anwar Pervez, founder of Bestway Group, have supported causes in need.
Lord Choudrey said: “We are delighted to support the work of Save the Children for the second time – made even more special by the fact it’s the charities big 100th year anniversary this year.
“The Annual Ascot Charity Race Day is just one of the ways that Bestway Foundation gives back to people in need and we are very grateful to our supplier partners and colleagues for supporting this annual event and donating generously to ticket purchases, the charity auction, tombola and other fundraising activities back in June.”
The donation of £100,000 will enable Save the Children to support almost 400 children and their parents living in poverty in the UK, by providing the tools to help their learning at home, which they simply can’t afford. This includes educational toys, books, essentials, such as a table or a bed and advice and guidance for parents to engage in their child’s learning.