Employees at housing association raise £15,000 for charity

Employees at a housing association have been recycling scrap metal to raise money for charity.

Friday, 10th June 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:00 pm
(L-r) Bobbie Letts (bulk rubbish team leader), Philip Trussler (yard foreman), Sam Hunter, (area surveyor) Georgi Robinson-Welch (corporate partnerships manager at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice), Heather Chalkley (community development officer at First Wessex and volunteer co-ordinator at Parents Action Group), Don Vicary (mobile caretaker cleaner)

First Wessex has raised £15,000 for Cancer Research UK and for local charities Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Parents Action Group.

Over the past 12 months, the Hampshire-based housing association has been working hard to recycle scrap metal from repairs, installations and empty homes.

The money raised will be split so each charity gets £5,000.

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Staff from Portsmouth all entered into an open ballot to nominate charities that were close to their hearts and Parents Action Group, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Cancer Research UK came out top.

First Wessex regularly donates thousands of pounds to charities through various means including recycling scrap metal, monthly staff ‘dress down’ days and cycle rides.

Peter Walters, chief executive, says: ‘I am so thrilled that we have been able to support these fantastic causes.

‘We try to do as much as we can at First Wessex to support charities that are close to our hearts and the hearts of our employees, and hope to raise even more next year.’

Staff chose Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as many of their family and friends who received end of life care have been supported there.

Georgi Robinson-Welch, corporate partnerships manager at the hospice, said: ‘We are so grateful to First Wessex for its support.’

and the generous donation will really help us to provide the best possible care to patients and their families at a difficult time in their lives.’

The £5,000 raised for Cancer Research UK will go towards funding for scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer and save lives.