The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) raised a total of £5,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) last weekend from the sale of its CMJ Fest T-shirts, a charity auction on the Sunday evening at the music festival-themed event.
Donations were also taken throughout the two-day trade event in Birmingham, which was attended by more than 750 people. The two biggest donors to the charity were CMJ suppliers Pandora and BQ Watches, with Pandora vice-president of Western Europe Peter Andersen bidding £2,000 for a Wales scarf during the charity auction, beating bids from CMJ chief executive Willie Hamilton.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association funds and promotes global research into MND and provides support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease. It was chosen in memory of CMJ member Simon Cupitt from Cupitt Jewellers who sadly lost his battle against the disease early last year. In his memory, CMJ member John Henn of TA Henn Jewellers in Wolverhampton is raising money for the MNDA in a sponsored bike ride across the Alps this year with Olly Cupitt, Simon Cupitt’s 15 year-old son.
John Henn said: “On behalf of the Cupitt family I’d like to thank you, the companies for the sponsorship with product and cash, and for everyone else for buying the T-shirts. It was a great event, Simon was a special man and your help two years ago kept him at home until the end. The greatest thing we can do for Simon’s family and in his memory is help bring MND under control. No family should have to watch their loved ones fade in front of them. It is real life but not as it should be. There will be 5,500 people suffering from MND in 2024 maybe thanks to you they won’t be dying from it.”