Six of the best are chosen for company’s cash

GIFTS Representatives from Help for Heroes, Naomi House children's hospice, The Rowans Hospice, the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, the Royal Navy Royal Marines Benevolent Fund and Allen Parton from Hounds for Heroes receive money
GIFTS Representatives from Help for Heroes, Naomi House children's hospice, The Rowans Hospice, the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, the Royal Navy Royal Marines Benevolent Fund and Allen Parton from Hounds for Heroes receive money
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Six champion charities have shared a whopping £37,000 donation from BAE Systems.

The money was from the company’s charity challenge fund and every employee voted for their chosen cause.

Representatives from The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and Hounds for Heroes gathered to be presented with their cheques.

Joining them were fundraisers from Help for Heroes, Naomi House and The Rowans Hospice who were overwhelmed with the contribution to their cause.

The cheques were presented by Rory Fisher, managing director of BAE Systems Maritime Services.

He said: ‘We are proud to be supporting such a dynamic and diverse group of charities.

‘Our employees chose charities which were important to them and we are delighted to be supporting causes which are close to us and the community.’

Hounds for Heroes founder Allen Parton said: ‘The donation given to Hounds for Heroes by BAE Systems is truly humbling.

‘What has been absolutely amazing is the unprecedented level of support

that the charity now receives from front-line troops at home and overseas as well as corporate companies who facilitate the military sector such as BAE Systems.’

Ann Cooper, head of communications at The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘The Rowans would like to thank everyone involved in making such a fabulous donation.

‘We were delighted to hear that staff voted for us and we cannot express just how grateful we are for their support.

‘We are only able to provide our services due to the amazing support of our local community and this money will fund 30 days of care for one in-patient.’

Lauren Shields, corporate fundraiser for Naomi House, said: ‘This Christmas we welcomed families from across central southern England who are spending a special festive break at our hospices.

‘With the support of our care team, we hope to give families quality time together which they will never forget.

‘However, with less than 10 per cent of our funding coming from the government, this simply wouldn’t have been a reality without companies like BAE Systems.

‘Thank you so much to all who voted for us.’