North East-based builder’s merchants JT Dove Ltd is aiming to donate £20,000 to a local charity through fundraising efforts by its employees.
The company’s chosen charity is the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital. Last year, JT Dove raised £10,000 as part of the CHUF ‘n’ builders initiative. This year, the target is double that and the fundraising initiatives will culminate with 16 employees competing in the Great North Run with a goal of raising at least £4,000.
JT Dove managing director Steve Robinson, said: “We wanted to raise a meaningful amount of money for a charity where that money would make a real, tangible difference. CHUF is based in Newcastle so it’s close to our hearts, and it helps so many young children across the UK that it was an easy choice. Last year’s efforts were fantastic, and this year we’ve got lots going on across branches so we’re confident we can double up on the success.”
The charity effort will see all 17 JT Dove sites across the North East getting involved, with events being held throughout the year. By involving their customers, the business aims to make charity fun for all – with golf days, sponsored walks and bike rides, bake sales, body waxing and even a charity van wash. A customer race day held earlier in the year in Gosforth Park has already raised £6,000 towards the target.