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Caravan firm’s ball nets £8,000 charity boost

Celebrating at the anniversary night are (from left) Julia and David Molyneaux, Mark and Soulla Molyneaux, Cathy Skidmore from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and John and Shelagh Cross
Celebrating at the anniversary night are (from left) Julia and David Molyneaux, Mark and Soulla Molyneaux, Cathy Skidmore from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and John and Shelagh Cross

When a Kendal-based caravan supply firm recently held a 35th anniversary ball, the evening ended on a high both for guests – and a Cumbria cancer charity.

More than £8,000 was raised by Kendal Caravans on behalf of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation at its celebration and fundraising night in November.

The sum will provide a much-needed boost to the charity’s valued work in supporting cancer patients being treated in South Lakeland and Lancashire.

Kendal Caravans, based in Selside near Kendal, was marking not just its own anniversary but also the 70th birthday of its founder David Molyneaux.

From a small one-man business started by David at his Blackpool home, the company has grown to become one of Northern England’s largest holiday home distributors.

Customers include holiday parks across Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Southern Scotland to which it supplies caravan holiday homes and lodges from major UK manufacturers.

Kendal Caravans, which also maintains an extensive showground, employs around 35 staff working in various departments including technical support, customer relations, and marketing.

It also has a branch in Blackpool whose employees were present at the celebration evening.

The company is currently headed by David Molyneaux’s son Mark who, in a speech at the ball, paid tribute to the hard-working team behind his company’s success.

Their professionalism and commitment to providing a first-class service, said Mark, had helped build Kendal Caravans’ strong reputation in the holiday parks supply industry.

He also made special presentations to employees Steve Leigh, Shaun Mannix and associate director John Cross, all of whom have served over 20 years with the company.

Mark also gave a big thank-you to the many suppliers which had sponsored the anniversary ball, and whose support had enabled the event to raise £8,000 for a very deserving cause.

Mark himself is no stranger to fundraising and, as a keen long-distance cyclist, has taken part in various Cumbria and international sponsored charity rides.

Married to Soulla, the couple live in Kendal and have three sons, the eldest of whom, James, will shortly be the third generation of the family to join the business.

There is more information about the company at www.kendalcaravans.co.uk – and the work of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation is outlined at www.rosemere.org.uk

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