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Regional entrepreneurs become co-chairs of children's charity

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Lee Thomas, Muff Murfin (charity president), Julie White
20 November 2023
Lee Thomas, Muff Murfin (charity president), Julie White

Two female entrepreneurs have been appointed as co-chairs to drive forward a charity that supports vulnerable children in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Julie White, the managing director of D-Drill & Sawing, and Lee Thomas, managing director of Aesthetics Events Staff, have become the co-chairs of the Coventry & Warwickshire Children’s Charity, after previous chair, JLR’s Chris Thorp, stood down.

The charity has been running since 1996 and has raised more than £3 million for local children who have suffered from physical, mental or sexual abuse.

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Coventry kids Julie and Lee are both successful entrepreneurs in the region and have supported the charity over many years.

Now, as chairs, they are looking to engage as many local businesses as possible with an aim of raising even more money for the cause that has supported around 100 children every year since its inception.

Lee said: “The Coventry & Warwickshire Children’s Charity is very close to my heart and the money raised by local businesses across more than 25 years is phenomenal and means many children have received the vital support they need.

“Julie and I both run businesses in the area and when the role of chair became free we decided we’d offer our services jointly to help drive the charity on to raise even more money.

“So many people have contributed to the charity over the years and now Julie and I are keen to give back to make sure its incredible work continues.”

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Julie added: “I am really pleased to be teaming up with Lee and we really want to get some new people involved with the charity to ensure that its work is carried forward.

“It’s approaching its 30th anniversary and has done some amazing work over the years, and we’re keen to keep that going and bring all of our energy and ideas to make sure we raise even more money.

“I’d urge anyone who wants to be involved to get in touch with Lee or me as we’re looking to work with as many businesspeople as possible in the coming weeks, months and years.”


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Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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