Over the past week British Engines’ companies have been getting festive, 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.

Earlier this week BEL Valves, located at St Peter’s in Newcastle, 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 people in the community who are in crisis over this festive season.

Michell Bearings and Rotary Power, based at Simonside in South Shields, have been fundraising and collecting donations of food, toiletries, selection boxes and gifts throughout the week for the Hebburn Helps Community Foodbank. With research showing that an estimated 131,000 children in the UK will be waking up without food or presents this Christmas, this year the organisation has been appealing for gifts which 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 which account for more than 90% of the food distributed over a year.

In Bishop Auckland, Stephenson Gobin has been collecting food donations for the Shildon Alive, as well as donations such as blankets, food and toys for the Sadberge, Darlington, Dogs Trust who, with no government funding, would be unable to continue their great work without community donations.

British Engines’ Head Office, based at Quorum Business Park in Newcastle, and Stephenson Gobin have been raising money for Save the Children, who 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, a charity which 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, where it will continue to raise money. Volunteers from the charity will be setting up at the Cramlington site on Thursday 20th December to wrap employees’ gifts in exchange for donations.

Well done to everyone from across the group who has participated in raising money, donating and getting festive for a good cause.