Lynne Pannett has raised a stunning six figure cash pot for Neurocare, by selling t-shirts and gifts in an astonishing fundraising effort that’s lasted almost 30 years.
Lynne, who’s 69 years old, has worked as Neurocare Trading Manager from the beginning, after wanting to give something back to the charity after husband, Derek, was treated for a brain aneurysm when he was 19 years old.
Lynne said: “Derek had a brain aneurysm when he was 19 years old. He suffered with violent headaches for a week and then collapsed. He was in a coma for three days. He was operated on which was successful, however developed epilepsy years after which thankfully is now controlled with medication.
“I learned about the trading job through my friend, Janet Willis, who was the assistant for an anesthetist on the neurology wards. At first we just sold Neurocare branded t-shirts, then other merchandise like keyrings and pens. Gradually it has built up to where we are today.”
Lynne’s role involves purchasing the products and selling them, along with managing 14 volunteers who help on the trollies, which are based on B-floor at RHH.
She has generated more than £500,000 with all profits going to Neurocare.
She has also built up countless relationships with suppliers, staff, patients and their families, some of whom visit the hospital regularly just to see her.
“I love every single aspect of the job, especially meeting the patients and supporters. I have made so many friends. Our suppliers are great too, especially Ian at Best Sellers Direct who donates our books. The books alone have helped raise tens of thousands over the last ten years.
“And not forgetting the staff on the neurosciences wards, which are a great source of support but more importantly amazing at their jobs, saving lives on a daily basis. It’s lovely to raise funds for all the staff that work so hard for our amazing NHS.
“People ask me when I’m going to retire. I have no wish to at the moment, I even work way over my contracted hours. As long as I stay well and healthy enough I want to carry on. I’m hoping one day to have a shop. Watch this space!” said Lynne.
To donate, visit www.neurocare.org.uk/donate