Grandma really has True Heart

Val Ringer from Stanley. 'True Hearts' charity award.'w5657a127

Val Ringer from Stanley. 'True Hearts' charity award.'w5657a127

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A GRANDMOTHER who showed she has true hear by helping to set up a charity in memory of her grandson has won a huge fundraising award.

Val Ringer set up Levi’s Star with her daughter Vicky after the death of her six-year-old grandson from a brain tumour in 2006.

Her dedication to the charity, which supports brain tumour research and helps children with the condition, has been recognised by her colleagues at PPG Architectural Coatings in Birstall, who nominated her for the multi-national company’s True Heart award.

The nod saw her go up against colleagues from across Europe, but she was voted by her peers as the winner.

Not only did she win a trip to company headquarters in Geneva, but 10,000 euros for the charity.

And what’s more, the cash took Levi’s Star past the £100,000 total - and allowed them to smash their current target of raising £17,000 for a piece of equipment for a new brain tumour research unit in Leeds.

Mrs Ringer, 64, of Stanley, who retires in two weeks, said: “I’ve worked for the company for 16 years, and they have been so supportive since Levi died, but to win this was overwhelming.

“When Vicky and I first spoke about setting up a charity I never imagined we would raise this amount of money.

“We had so much support in the beginning, but even raising the £5,000 we needed to become a charity seemed like a huge challenge. We were registered as a charity on the eight of August, 2008. In China, eight is a lucky number and it certainly has been so us.

“It will be fantastic to be able to have the piece of research equipment in Levi’s name, helping to find a future cure.”

For more information visit www.levisstar.co.uk