Firm gives charity a big boost with cheque for amazing £15,000

From left, Off The Record volunteer and Kenwood worker Roland Eden, Janet Hanneman and Tina Randall from the service, CEO at Kenwood Mark Welch and director of marketing Mark Swift. Picture: Allan Hutchings (15023-157)
From left, Off The Record volunteer and Kenwood worker Roland Eden, Janet Hanneman and Tina Randall from the service, CEO at Kenwood Mark Welch and director of marketing Mark Swift. Picture: Allan Hutchings (15023-157)

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FOOD mixers, kettles and toasters have helped secure a charity’s future for another year.

Electronics giant Kenwood, which has a factory in Havant, has donated £15,500 to the young people’s counselling service, Off The Record.

The charity has endured a difficult few years with council funding being cut and redundancies made. At one point it looked like it may have to close altogether.

But, thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses such as Kenwood, the future is looking a lot more positive.

Roland Eden, design and development team leader at Kenwood, is one of more than 100 volunteer counsellors at the charity.

He put it forward to become the nominated good cause.

It meant that for the past two years a percentage of the sales of products to staff have been set aside for OTR.

Tina Randall, from OTR, said: ‘We are grateful by the continued generosity of the staff at Kenwood.

‘This money is fantastic for us. The support in 2014 of the sum of £15,500 is quite overwhelming and is enabling us to continue our very necessary work with young people.

‘To have a local business so willing to support us in this ongoing way is encouraging, and their wish to help their local community benefits Off The Record enormously.

‘The request from young people for counselling and emotional support continues to remain hugely important and this money will make a huge difference in enabling us to continue delivering the service in the local community.’

Mark Swift, the director of marketing at Kenwood, said Off The Record does an overwhelming job to support vulnerable youngsters, and added: ‘This charity is close to the Kenwood hearts as one of our employees is a volunteer.

‘When its future was in question due to grant cuts we had to find a way to support it to enable this vital service to carry on.’