Stuart gets shorty for charity

Stuart Hancock, one of our Sales Assistants, is well known at work for wearing his shorts well into the autumn. This year he is taking it one step further and is raising money for Cancer Research by wearing his shorts at work throughout the winter, whatever the weather!
Stuart told us: ““The reason I’m setting myself this challenge is that a close family friend has recently been diagnosed with a rare nasal septum cancer which has travelled to his brain. He is only 35 with three young children so I’d like to raise as much money as possible which can go towards the research of rare head and neck cancers.”

Stuart’s role requires him to be outside for a lot of the time, including selling Christmas trees and helping customers with furniture purchases. Before Christmas the weather was kind to Stuart but this week has been more of a challenge. Hannah Powell, spokeswoman for Perrywood, said: “Stuart is often seen wearing shorts when the rest of us have our trousers on, but this challenge will take his endurance to the next level. He will be expected to carry out all his normal duties even those which take him outside in the inclement weather. He will have to work hard to keep himself warm!”

Those wishing to support Stuart in his challenge can donate money in a number of ways:
Online via
Text stuh87 plus amount e.g. £10 to 70070
Donate in-store at Perrywood via the collection boxes

Darren Couchman, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Essex, said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of Stuart. His idea of wearing shorts to work until Spring 2012 is a brilliant, novel way to raise much needed funds for our research. It will certainly attract the attention of the public and I hope that everyone gets behind Stuart to show their support. I just hope we don’t have a cold winter like last year!

“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.”