Staff at energy firm raise money for children’s unit

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EMPLOYEES from an energy company have generated £1,000 for a children’s department in hospital.

SSE has raised more than £1,000 for Queen Alexandra Hospital’s paediatric emergency department through cake sales and a tuck shop.

Whatever money was raised by staff was then matched by the company.

And toys for young children and games for teenagers were also donated.

Alan Charters, consultant nurse on the paediatric emergency department, said: ‘Helping children feel happy, supported and safe in a stressful environment is an essential aspect to their care and wellbeing.

‘These toys are an essential aspect to the children’s and their family’s clinical journey, we are hugely indebted to SSE for their generosity and support.’

SSE said it has started a scheme whereby it will match money staff raise for charity through fundraising.

Ian Perkins, IT service assurance analyst from SSE said: ‘SSE has just started a staff matched funding scheme whereby funds raised for charitable causes were matched pound for pound up to a certain amount.

‘With that in mind I thought of a three-pronged attack with getting staff to donate toys they didn’t need any more, raising money by any means and then getting it matched by SSE.

‘Cakes are always popular in IT, and customer service colleagues ran a tuck shop and donated the profits from that.’