Seaham-based Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) staff have raised an incredible total of £6,500 for County Durham foodbank through corporate events, payroll donations and individual fundraising initiatives over the course of the last financial year, since July 2017. There were also regular collections held throughout the year, including at Easter and Christmas time, where staff donated food items to be delivered to the local Foodbanks.
The Group chose International Charity Day to hand-deliver the cheque on Wednesday 5 September, represented by Group HR Director Judith Bennison and selected staff who had made considerable contributions to the charity.
Judith Bennison, Group HR Director, said: “We now have 100 per cent of staff donating money directly from their salary every month and everyone has taken part in a plethora of different fundraisers, including sky dives, mud runs, baking contests, dress down days, food collections and the Great North Run.
“The key to the total has been our generous staff buying into the causes we are supporting. They were chosen based on the brilliant work they do and have clearly struck a chord.”
Peter MacLellan, Chief Executive of County Durham Foodbank, said: “We’re immensely grateful to all the staff at Great Annual Savings. This donation will keep the foodbank running and allow us to continue helping the people of County Durham, who are in crisis and in need. Thank you.”