Donation to “Elterninitiative der Kinderkrebsklinik e. V.”, a parents’ initiative in favour of a children’s cancer clinic

Kuhn Special Steel celebrated a number of professional and career milestones this year (see also: https://blog.kuhn-edelstahl.de/en/jubilare_2017/). A popular tradition has been established whereby long-service employees with 25 years of engagement to celebrate are not only thanked with a gift for … Continue reading

Kuhn Special Steel celebrated a number of professional and career milestones this year (see also: https://blog.kuhn-edelstahl.de/en/jubilare_2017/). A popular tradition has been established whereby long-service employees with 25 years of engagement to celebrate are not only thanked with a gift for their many years of commitment, but are also invited to a special breakfast with their team of colleagues. The employee concerned can also choose to have an equivalent amount donated to a good cause.

This was the option selected by Frank Hölterhoff, who this month celebrates 25 years in the employ of Kuhn Special Steel. He donated his “breakfast kitty”, and also part of his personal long-service award, to Elterninitiative der Kinderkrebsklinik e. V., a parents’ group associated with the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Düsseldorf University Clinic. Company management topped up the figure accordingly, so that Frank Hölterhoff (on the left in the photo) and CEO Dr. Thorsten Minuth (on the right) were able to hand over a thousand euros to Mr Fleßer of the Parents’ Initiative.

The links between Kuhn Special Steel and the Parents’ Initiative of the Children’s Cancer Clinic actually date back to 2006, when Frank Lessing – a former long-serving CEO of Kuhn Special Steel – set up a parents’ discussion group as part of the Children’s Cancer Clinic Initiative. The parents concerned were invited to attend the discussion group once a month, and the exchange of own, individual experiences, along with useful tips and information regarding further support options within the parents’ initiative (such as psychological/social support), proved to be of great assistance during a very trying period for those involved. In 2010, Frank Lessing – who had meanwhile become involved in the Curt von Knobelsdorff Association of Friends of the Blue Cross Substance-Abuse Treatment Clinic and the Children’s and Young People’s Circle of the Town of Radevormwald, among others – handed project management over to Frank Hölterhoff, who has continued the initiative with the assistance of three additional volunteer parents and a lot of passion. All in all, a great and noble act!

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