Charity news round-up (03/12/21)

With news on: Powerday decorates skip for children in need; Liverpool mayor backs litter clean up; Valpak launches Changing Lives WEEE initiative; Suez celebrate ninth year with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Powerday decorates skip for children in need

London-based waste management business Powerday and housebuilders, Hill Group, teamed up to support this year’s Children in Need appeal, collectively raising more than £16,000 for the charity.

The skip was delivered to the Lampton Parkside housing development

The teams at Powerday and Hill Group decorated a 16-yard skip in Children in Need colours, which was delivered to the Lampton Parkside housing development in Hounslow, west London.

All proceeds from the skip will be donated to Children in Need. Hill Group has also pledged to donate an additional £10,000 to the BBC’s charity, with Powerday adding a further £5,000.

Tara Crossan, client relations lead at Powerday, commented: “We are proud of all our team who have taken part in the Powerday 1,000km challenge this week and are thankful to Hill Group for their generous donation which has helped us raise over £16,000″.

Andy Hill, group chief executive at Hill Group, added: “Supporting communities is one of our most important values at Hill.”

Liverpool mayor backs litter clean up

Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram has joined a group of volunteers in a litter clean-up operation around the River Alt to support an environmental initiative called ‘Plastic Free Mersey’.

The Plastic Free Mersey project is led by environmental charities Mersey Rivers Trust and Thames21.

The Plastic Free Mersey project is led by environmental charities Mersey Rivers Trust and Thames21

It builds on Thames21’s litter survey work, which identified the most common plastic litter items on the Tidal Thames.

The Plastic Free Mersey project was publicly launched on 22 July and initially runs for two years.

Mr Rotheram said: “The River Mersey has been central to our region’s fortunes throughout our history. We’ve come a long way towards cleaning it up since Lord Heseltine described the Mersey as an ‘affront to the standards a civilised society should demand of its environment.”

Valpak launches Changing Lives WEEE initiative

Valpak has launched an initiative which donates money to local charity, Changing Lives, every time someone recycles a small electrical item or battery at one of four local household waste recycling centres in Gateshead.

Members of the public can donate by scanning a QR code

People visiting the council recycling centres can scan a unique QR code to record the waste electrical items they’re recycling, with £1 donated for every small appliance or battery recorded.

The campaign has already raised more than £5,000.

Valpak said that the aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to dispose of small electrical items and waste batteries correctly.

Nigel Tomlinson, commercial manager at environmental specialist Valpak, said: “The new scheme is set to donate £5,000 to Changing Lives. In the current circumstances, more people than ever are facing challenges in life, so it’s important to help where we can.”

Suez celebrate ninth year with Macmillan Cancer Support

SUEZ staff have celebrated raising over £475,540 to date for corporate charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.

Suez held coffee mornings and other activities to raise money for the charity

Now in its ninth year of partnership with Macmillan, SUEZ raised a total of £160,540 in 2021 making it “their biggest fundraising year yet”.

This year’s main event, the Big Climb, saw SUEZ teams climbing hills from Surrey to Scotland in their efforts to raise money for Macmillan.

Other activities undertaken by SUEZ staff included coffee mornings, a sponsored sky dive and head shave, raffles, a golf day and an entry to the London marathon.

John Scanlon, chief executive officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: “Cancer sadly touches us all and I’m proud of the way our people have embraced our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, coming together to smash our target for 2021 and raise £160,540 this year, taking us to over £475,500 since we started working with Macmillan in 2013.”

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