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Clients show they are all heart – after replacing charitable donations

Written by Peter Davison.

Debbie and John at the black tie ballClients of Chippenham-based John Williams Heating Services proved they are all heart, after replacing charity donations bound for the British Heart Foundation which were stolen during a break-in.

The firm raised has £6,000 for the national charity over the past 12 months in memory of the father of MD John Williams, who passed away due to heart failure.

Earlier this year they held a Black Tie Charity Ball which raised more than £4,300 alone. But company co-founders John and Debbie Williams were heartbroken when thieves broke into their premises the day before the event and stole donations which had already been given.

Debbie said: “It was devastating for money donated to this great cause to be taken by thieves who didn’t care about that or about our business. Break-ins like this can cripple or even destroy a small business.

“However, our clients, friends and colleagues in business were fantastic in supporting us and made many donations to replace the stolen money. We are very grateful and would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported us.”

“We’re humbled by the support we’ve had to date,” John said. “This year has been a milestone for the business and for me personally.

"The Ball was a huge success and I’ve run several half marathons to raise money too – I’m now much fitter and healthier and I’m thrilled we’re able to donate such healthy sum for vital research into heart disease.”

Dedicated to their community, John Williams Heating Services, is known for the charitable projects they support and the community events they sponsor every year including the Chippenham Half Marathon and the Chippenham Christmas Light Switch On.