Nelson man’s retirement sale boosts Pendleside Hospice

Owner of Independent Gas Peter who is retiring and selling off around 500 lever arch files to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.'Photo Ben Parsons
Owner of Independent Gas Peter who is retiring and selling off around 500 lever arch files to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.'Photo Ben Parsons

A PENDLE man is raising money for charity in an unusual way as he prepares to close his business and retire.

Peter Holroyd, who owns Independent Gas in Kenyon Road, Nelson, is retiring in a few weeks’ time and is selling off around 500 lever arch files with any proceeds raised going to Pendleside Hospice.

Mr Holroyd began the business when he came out of the Army in 1975, having served with the Royal Marines, and has been working out of his unit in Kenyon Road since the early 1980s. He says that after clearing out over three decades of paperwork, he is reluctant to bin all the files as they are still perfectly usable.

Mr Holroyd said: “I’ve been looking in a stationery shop and they’re between £4 and £5 each. They’ve got to go somewhere and they’re of good quality and working order.

“I’m hoping people will come down and put a £1 towards each of them to raise some money. My mother-in-law went into Pendleside Hospice a few years ago and they were such nice people, and of course, it’s local.”

As well as running his long-standing business, Mr Holroyd is also an author of a book called Markie’s Box and donates a percentage of money the book generates to the brain injury charity Headway.

Anybody wishing to buy lever arch files from Mr Holroyd in the name of charity can do so by visiting Independent Gas, 1-3 Kenyon Road, Nelson, BB9 5SP or by calling 611000.

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