Berry Bros supports MND AssociationBy Owen Bellwood
Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has selected the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) as its charity partner for the next three years after the company’s wine buyer was diagnosed with the illness.
The charity was selected by staff at the spirits merchant after the company’s wine buyer, Davy Zyw, was diagnosed with the motor neurone disease.
Zyw said: “For the past almost two years, Berry Bros & Rudd and the Berry and Rudd families have been incredibly supportive, enabling me to take time off, reduce my working week and relocate back home to Scotland, as well as offering me the company flat on Pickering Place when visiting London for work.
“The time felt right to share the news of my diagnosis, and everyone has been incredible since my announcement. By supporting MND Association as our company charity it is my hope that through our fundraising efforts, we contribute towards finding a cure, perhaps not for me, but I hope one day, for everyone else diagnosed with this devastating disease.”
Berry Bros’ fundraising for the MND Association will kick off this month as staff from the store take part in sponsored head-shaves.
Ben Sharpe, philanthropy and partnerships manager for MND Association, said: “We were thrilled to be selected by Berry Bros & Rudd as their charity partner for the next three years.
“Without the support of companies like this it wouldn’t be possible to for us to provide our care services or invest in ground-breaking research to one day find a cure for this terrible disease. We look forward to working with the team to make a real difference to everyone affected by MND”.
Berry Bros & Rudd’s charitable partnership with MND Association commenced on 1 April 2020 and follows previous partnerships with family support charity Sebastian’s Action and neonatal death support group Sands.