Top Shropshire Insurance firm sponsors new children's charity award

A Shrewsbury businessman, whose daughter was dangerously ill just days after she was born, has pledged to support a new award ceremony celebrating Shropshire’s businesses for children.

The Businesses For Children Conference and Awards will be held on March 29 at The Park Inn, Telford.

It has been launched to showcase the wide variety of businesses and charities across Shropshire that provide high quality services for children and young people.

Ben Lawrence, managing director of Beaumont Lawrence, based at Mercian Close, Shrewsbury, will sponsor the Children’s Charity 2014, a category close to his heart.

He has three children and said being a father automatically makes you more aware of the needs of youngsters.

“My middle girl was very poorly just after she was born and we really appreciated all the support we received from numerous agencies,” he said.

“She was absolutely fine when she was born but then got a cold after six days at home. She went completely limp and lifeless and we had to take her to intensive care with a viral infection. She was there for two weeks and also discovered she had a blood clot on the brain.

“She didn’t speak until she was five and she has had lots of speech therapy. That experience has shown us how important charities are and the love and attention we got from everyone around us was so important.

“After that experience, I always want to help children’s charities wherever I can.”

Mr Lawrence said he is looking forward to hearing the stories of all the charities nominated for the award.

“They all do amazing work, making Shropshire children smile and they should definitely be recognised for all that they achieve,” he said.

“From the entries received, I know it’s going to be a tough job for the judging panel to choose a winner. I’m delighted to be sponsoring such a fantastic award and look forward to meeting the winner on the day.”

Nominations for the awards are now closed. The winners will be announce at the awards ceremony on Saturday March 29.

For more information about the Businesses For Children Awards, visit www.bcwards.co.uk.

Beaumont Lawrence is a family-owned insurance firm, which last year celebrated 40 years working with businesses across Shropshire and beyond.

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