EGGER (UK) Limited has presented four local charities with a grand total of £25,000, raised by the company and its Hexham employees.
The four charities were: The Hextol Foundation, Useful Vision, Chin Up Charity and Corbridge Youth Initiative.
Bob Livesey, commercial director at EGGER Western European Division and chairman of the EGGER Charity Committee, said: “All of these charities do an incredible amount of positive work across the region. I am delighted that our employees have been able to support so many positive causes with their fundraising efforts.”
The Hextol Foundation is a charity based in Hexham that provides working opportunities for people who have a learning disability or a mental health condition. EGGER’s donation will be used for a variety of projects, including expanding their handyman and gardening services with new tools and equipment.
Useful Vision provides positive opportunities, support and accessible events for visually impaired children and their families across the North East. The donation money will be spent on several activities around Northumberland for visually impaired children and their families.
Chin Up Charity was set up to relieve children and young people (0-18 years) suffering from a progressive or terminal illness by the provision of facilities for family breaks or respite care in the North East and Cumbria. They have a specially adapted house in Seahouses and EGGER’s funding will be used to landscape the garden and add a ramp to make it more child and wheelchair friendly.
EGGER employees raise money every year with a range of fundraising events such as its recent Kielder Observatory evening and Hexham Open Day, as well as through the EGGER Runs scheme that sees the company donate five euros for every kilometre completed. Employees have taken part in various races with this scheme including the Great North Run and Hexham Half Marathon. EGGER Group also provides a donation for each individual plant’s charity fund every year.
Last year, EGGER Hexham provided Northumbria Blood Bikes with a new, fully serviced Yamaha motor bike and two years’ worth of fuel. The suggestion to support this particular charity came from an EGGER employee who is a Northumbria Blood Bike volunteer rider.