Almost £30,000 raised by Menzies Distribution in 2012 has now been given out to good causes across the UK.
In the summer, just over £20,000 was raised by a team of 30 cyclists who completed a gruelling 1,500km relay cycle ride along the east coast of the UK from John O’Groats in Scotland to Mile End in Portsmouth. That money was donated to the newspaper industry’s charity, NewstrAid
, which supports individuals in the retailing and distribution section of the newspaper and magazine publishing industry throughout the UK.
The business itself also annually donates a sum to charity chosen by employees.
Last year that figure was £9,000 and instead of giving it all to one organisation, staff chose to split it between three different causes based in three different regions of the UK.
As a result £3,000 was donated to the Kiltwalk
charity in Scotland in support of its work organising sponsored walking events. The money it raises helps several Scottish children’s charities, including CLIC Sargent for children with cancer and Yorkhill Children's Foundation, which provides enhanced medical equipment for sick children and babies within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The charity chosen to represent Northern England and Wales was Claire House Children’s Hospice
based on the Wirral near Liverpool, which also received £3,000. The ten-bed hospice offers a sanctuary for children and young people living with a life threatening or life limiting condition, allowing them to forget about their daily routine and simply enjoy themselves.
And in Southern England animal welfare charity Last Chance Animal Rescue
was awarded £3,000 for its work rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing all types of animals.
Menzies Distribution’s Head of Communications Dave Shedden said: “We were delighted to have raised a record amount for charity last year and pleased that all colleagues were keen to help different causes.
“The mix of charities we have supported across the UK is fantastic and we look forward to hearing about their progress through the year.”