Peterlee automotive manufacturer supports Benjamin charity

A Peterlee automotive manufacturer is supporting a campaign to kit out a downstairs bedroom for a severely disabled boy.

NSK Bearings has already donated £250 to the campaign, which was started by 11-year-old Bejamin Edmundson-Brown’s family.

They have been fundraising to get to around £15,000, which would enable a downstairs bedroom to be created for Ben at the family home in Easington Colliery.

They recently reached that total, however their efforts are continuing to give Ben extras which will give him enjoyment in his new bedroom.

The campaign was highlighted to NSK Peterlee by former janitor Jimmy Collings, who worked at the plant for 18 years before retiring.

Jimmy, who lives in Murton, said: “I do a lot of fundraising with my friend, doing out bit to help local good causes.

“I came across Benjamin and his family campaign’s and was so moved by what they were trying to do. I have also spent time with Benjamin and he is such a happy boy, smiling all the time.

“It’s awful cause you think, really, what has he got to be happy about because of his condition, but he is and it made me want to do everything I could to help.

“I approached Steve Metcalfe at NSK to see if they could help, and they very kindly donated £250, with further fundraising continuing by the lads on the shop floor.”

Benjamin was just 3lb 3oz when he was born 10 weeks premature, and a genetic disorder which developed when he was two has left him unable to walk, talk or swallow. A tube is used to feed him while epilepsy causes seizures.

Stepdad Peter Kelly said: “We’re so grateful to everyone at NSK for their support. Every bit of funding we get helps and although we’re now at the amount we needed to kit Benjamin’s bedroom, we will continue to fundraise to give him the best quality of life we can.”

HR Manager Steve Metcalfe said: “We are always keen to support local charities and when Jimmy came to see me to tell me more about the campaign for Benjamin, we knew we could help. We have donated £250 to the campaign and the lads on the shop floor are continuing to collect so that amount will certainly go out.”

If you would like to donate to Ben’s charity, you can via the Just Giving page,