14 December 2016 by Caelia Quinault

Charity news round-up (14/12/16)

With news on Viridor supporting causes in North Lanarkshire and West Sussex; a fundraising drive by E H Hassell & Sons; Havering residents raising money for ten charities; and, Eco Sustainable Solutions supporting a hotel for cancer patients

Viridor supports causes in Scotland and West Sussex

Waste and resources firm Viridor has announced its support for a number of charities and local causes near to two of its UK recycling facilities.

MSP Fulton MacGregor and local councillor Kevin Docherty joined children, parents, and partners from the three groups to celebrate the sponsorship with the staff from Viridor’s Bargeddie site

MSP Fulton MacGregor and local councillor Kevin Docherty joined children, parents, and partners from the three groups to celebrate the sponsorship with the staff from Viridor’s Bargeddie site

In Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire, where the company is currently investing £22m in a recycling hub, the company has backed local football team the Bargeddie Colts, Shining Stars Additional Support Needs Theatre School and Drumpark Additional Support Needs School through combined sponsorships of over £5,000.

MSP Fulton MacGregor and local councillor Kevin Docherty joined children, parents, and partners from the three groups to celebrate this latest commitment to the community with the staff from Viridor’s Bargeddie site.

Meanwhile, in West Sussex, the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel has become the latest local charity to benefit from the Viridor Safe Working scheme. Every month that a team at Viridor’s nearby Ford materials recycling facility (MRF) works safely they can make a contribution to a local charity with £3,865 being raised over the last six months.

Viridor works in partnership with West Sussex County Council to operate the Ford MRF.

Mike Stafford, regional manager for Viridor, said: “We are delighted that the team has focused on working safely for six months and by doing so we can support the vital work of the Chestnut Tree House. We are continuously reviewing how we operate and are focusing ensuring we continue to work safely and look forward to supporting another donation in the coming months.”

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E H Hassell & Sons launches fundraising drive

Staffordshire-based recycling equipment supplier E H Hassell & Sons has started raising money for local charity Our Space.

Our Space was set up in January 2016 by a group of families, professionals and other supporters who wanted to provide opportunities for disabled young people to take part in activities which they would otherwise have difficulty in accessing. It provides a range of club sessions, family sessions and special events.

E H Hassell & Sons is asking its customers and suppliers to donate money to the charity via its online donation page. To date, the company has raised £2,470.

Company sales and marketing manager Dave Peacock said: “E H Hassell & Sons are delighted to support a local charity, Our Space (Staffs), for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. Any donation however small will be much appreciated.”

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Havering residents raise £9,000 for charity

Havering council has raised almost £9,000 for ten local charities and community projects as part of a drive to encourage residents to waste less and recycle more.

Members of the council’s recycling rewards scheme – entitled London Green Points, Havering – have been donating their individual points to their favourite local charities and projects for the last 12 months. The charities received the donations at a special ceremony at Langtons Hall on Monday, December 12.

Cllr Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering, joined representatives from all ten charities and community projects to present them with a cheque for their winnings

Cllr Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering, joined representatives from all ten charities and community projects to present them with a cheque for their winnings

London Green Points – Havering is a partnership initiative between Havering council and specialist provider, Local Green Points. It has been rewarding residents of the borough for reducing waste and recycling since January 2014. The scheme allows members to earn points for recycling, with every 400 points equating to £1, which they can choose to donate to a local charity or community project or spend on a choice of vouchers.

The beneficiary charities and projects during the last 12 months included: St Francis Hospice, Havering Local Schools Fund, Havering Mind, Harold Hill Foodbank, Romford Salvation Army, Tapestry, Motorvations, Havering Music Makers, Friends of Cottons Park and Tweed Way Hall.

Cllr Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering, said: “With over 25,000 residents in Havering signed up to our waste minimisation reward scheme, it’s great that so many residents are donating their points to local community projects as this really is a win-win for everyone!“

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Eco assists Macmillan hotel

A hotel which offers holiday retreats for cancer patients and people with life threatening illnesses has thanked two Dorset businesses for coming to its aid.

The Grove in Bournemouth is owned and operated by the Christchurch-based charity, Macmillan Caring Locally. Earlier this year, and following an appeal to local businesses, work was completed on weeding and replanting flower beds at the Grove Road hotel. However, The Grove was faced with trying to dispose of nearly four tonnes of garden waste, including leaves, this autumn.

Parley-based recycling specialist Eco Sustainable Solutions and Ferndown company Dorset Soils and Aggregates responded to an appeal from the hotel and arranged free collection and disposal of the waste.

Anita Rigler, volunteer coordinator for Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “We can’t thank Eco and Dorset Soils and Aggregates enough for coming to our aid.

“The more support we get from the business community, whether direct funding or ‘in kind’ like this, means we can use our precious funds on offering The Grove’s service for those with life threatening illnesses.”


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