British Gas workers old uniforms will help fund Ben Mannings charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital

British Gas are donating old uniforms to the Ben Manning Foundation. Christine Manning ,Ben's mum and Tony Manning,Ben's dad and British Gas employee

British Gas are donating old uniforms to the Ben Manning Foundation. Christine Manning ,Ben's mum and Tony Manning,Ben's dad and British Gas employee

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GAS workers have been encouraged to donate their old uniforms to help a music charity set up in memory of a talented teenager.

The Ben Manning Music Foundation was founded last February in tribute to the popular 17-year-old who accidently drowned after a night out in the city.

His dad, Tony Manning, a British Gas engineer, has urged other employees to donate their old uniforms to raise money for the charity.

It is part of a national scheme run by British Gas to turn old uniforms into cash .

Lee Manning, charity director, said “It is the continued support of businesses like British Gas that have already seen us do so well.

“If it wasn’t for their support and that of the public we wouldn’t have been here today.”

It is hoped £10,000 will be raised which will be split between The Ben Manning Foundation, which helps people fulfil their musical dreams, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Matthew Bateman, Managing Director, Service and Repair, British Gas said, “We are delighted to support the Ben Manning Music Foundation. I know the foundation will make a real difference in helping children pursue their love of music.

For more information about the charity log on to www.benmanning.org.uk or visit the charity’s base on Northgate in the city centre.