Over the past week British Engines’ companies have been getting festive. They have been collecting donations, wearing Christmas jumpers and raising money for a variety of charities and good causes. This comes as part of our commitment to support our local communities, like they have supported us over the years.
BEL Valves, Newcastle
Earlier this week BEL Valves, located at St Peter’s, partnered with the St Peter’s Neighbourhood Association to collect food for the Newcastle East Foodbank. The food donated will go towards supporting struggling local families and those who are in crisis over this festive season.
Michell Bearings and Rotary Power, South Shields
Michell Bearings and Rotary Power have been fundraising and collecting donations of food, toiletries, selection boxes and gifts throughout the week. These donations have been collected for the Hebburn Helps Community Foodbank. Research shows that an estimated 131,000 children in the UK will be waking up without food or presents this Christmas. So, this year the organisation has been appealing for gifts. These gifts will go to the most vulnerable children in the area.
CMP, based in Cramlington, has been collecting donations for the Newcastle West End Foodbank. Both the Newcastle East and Newcastle West End foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, rely heavily on such public donations. These donations account for more than 90% of the food distributed over a year.
Stephenson Gobin, Bishop Auckland
In Bishop Auckland, Stephenson Gobin has been collecting food donations for the Shildon Alive. In additon, it has been collecting donations such as blankets, food and toys for the Sadberge, Darlington, Dogs Trust. With no government funding, the trust would be unable to continue their great work without community donations.
Additional British Engines Group fundraising activities
British Engines’ Head Office, based in Newcastle, and Stephenson Gobin have been raising money for Save the Children. The charity works to help children not just to survive, but to thrive. Just £2 could go towards saving the lives of five children; paying for the antibiotics needed to help them fight off pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children.
CMP is set to hold their Christmas Jumper Day later next week and has been raising money for the charity Pathways 4 All. The charity provides local children with disabilities and additional needs with social and recreational activities.
As part of this fundraising drive, CMP will be holding a Children’s Christmas Party this Saturday. Volunteers from the charity will also be setting up at the Cramlington site on Thursday 20th December to wrap employees’ gifts in exchange for donations.