Year of fundraising activities ends with a Christmas gift for UK’s only baby-specific hospice

23rd December 2020

Cleveland Bridge UK’s workforce has completed a year of charity fundraising, which has culminated in a £1,747 donation to the UK’s only baby-specific hospice, Zoë’s Place.

Throughout 2020, the employees at the Darlington-based manufacturing company have been taking part in a range of fundraising activities to support causes, including Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, which has a centre in Middlesbrough, and the King’s Church Foodbank.

Most recently the Cleveland Bridge UK team held a festive raffle and Christmas jumper day organised by its Employee Forum, which has devised much of the fundraising projects during the past 12 months.

The company has also supported the fundraising with initiatives including the donation of income made from recycling small pieces of steel to help the hospice, which provides palliative, respite, and end-of-life care for babies and infants suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

One member of the team made a solo effort to raise funds for Zoë’s Place by taking part in the charity’s ‘30 in 30 Challenge’, which encouraged participants to accumulate thirty miles or more in thirty days through a range of physical activities such as walking or swimming. Logistics Manager Rob McBride raised more than £200 by running 30 5K runs throughout the month of October.

Also in 2020, the company’s Employee Forum ‘The Engagement Team’ led a project to support the Darlington-based King’s Church Foodbank with staff donating food and essential items during the summer and in December.

Cleveland Bridge UK has also been out in the community in the run up to Christmas, supporting its veteran employees. With its annual Pensioners Employee Dinner postponed due to pandemic restrictions, directors from the company have been visiting the doorsteps of veterans to drop off gifts.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “Our role in the local community is very important to Cleveland Bridge and I am very proud of the efforts of our employees during the past year to support such worthy causes.

“Coronavirus has impacted on all our lives this year with many families and charities hit hard by the pandemic, which has made their fundraising activities and donations even more crucial.

He added: “Unfortunately we have been unable to host our annual Pensioners Dinner which is a shame as this is a chance to get everyone together and celebrate. However, we have ensured we have kept in contact delivering gifts to our retired former employees alongside working together to help charities such as Zoë’s Place and King’s Church foodbank.”

Sara Benson, Corporate and Major Donor Fundraiser at Zoë’s Place, said: “The support Cleveland Bridge UK has shown Zoë’s Place this year with their fantastic fundraising efforts and subsequent £1,747 donation means so much to everyone that comes through the doors to Zoë’s Place.

“This is an incredible amount of money which will go such a long way to providing the vital care and support our babies and infants – plus their families – have come to rely on, and for that we will be forever grateful. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

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