Firm building up charity work after hospital fundraiser

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A KIND-hearted Hucknall businessman is hoping to help raise thousands of pounds for a specialist hospital unit — before turning his attentions to helping worthy causes in his home town.

Joe Smereka is managing director of the firm, Buildwrights, of Nottingham Road.

He is currently sponsoring and helping to organise a charity gala ball in aid of the spinal unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

In a final push for the event, which is on Saturday February 25 at Colwick Hall in Nottingham, he is urging locals to snap up tickets.

The event will include a champagne reception, three-course meal, surprise celebrity entertainer, raffle, live band and disco.

If a success, the attraction should raise up to £10,000 for the QMC unit.

Joe (38), who lives on Nottingham Road, has become involved in the project because it is the brainchild of the Inner Wheel Club of Carlton, of which his mum, Sue Smereka, is president.

Sue has first-hand knowledge of the spinal unit because she underwent surgery there.

Joe says it has given his mum “a new lease of life” and it needs all the support it can get.

“It is such a wonderful cause and the work they do there is amazing,” said Joe, who grew up in Watnall but went to Hucknall National Comprehensive School. “It has changed my mum’s life, she is a different woman. But she is just one of the many who have benefited.”

Other events for the spinal unit last year included a barbecue and a charity meal.

The gala ball is the culmination and Joe’s wife, Lenka (33), has also been involved in the fundraising.

But beyond that, Joe, Lenka and Buildwrights want to start to work on a range of new charity initiatives.

“We want to get involved in charities and projects but we want to concentrate on Hucknall,” said Joe and Lenka, who have a son, nine-year-old Sonny.

Anyone interested in tickets for the ball or nominating a good cause, group or individual to benefit from future charity work is asked to contact 0115 8372236.

n OUR PHOTO shows Joe, Lenka and Sue outside Buildwrights’ base — DISPIC NHUD12-0198-2