P&G employees raise £66,000 for UK charities

P&G presents two local charities with donations raised by employees at Surrey HQ
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:19 pm BST

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Employees at Procter & Gamble’s Surrey Head Office have presented two charities with cheques for £33,000 from funds raised by employees across the past year.

Representatives from Save the Children and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) attended an event at the Weybridge office of the Global Consumer Goods Company to receive the cheques from P&G UK & Ireland Managing Director, Irwin Lee.

All the funds were raised by employees at the company’s offices through product sales, charitable events, donation schemes and sponsored team activities.

Presenting the cheques, P&G UK/Ireland Managing Director, Irwin Lee, said:

“I’m delighted to provide this funding to these two fantastic charities on behalf of all our employees here in Weybridge. Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is very important to P&G and our people, and I’m incredibly proud of all the work our employees have put in and the generosity they’ve shown in raising these funds and making this possible.

“Save the Children and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People are both impressive organisations, doing amazing work here in Surrey and across the UK and are thoroughly deserving of these donations. We’re very proud to support their work and want to thank them for everything they’re doing to make a difference to those who need it most.”

P&G are supporting Save the Children’s Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! program in the UK – a crisis intervention programme designed to support vulnerable families with young children (under 36 months) who are in the most desperate need. The program provides them with items that support their child’s development that the family just cannot afford. For example beds - so children can get a good night’s sleep, or cookers - so families can prepare warm, nutritious food. Meeting a child’s basic needs during their first 1000 days is critical to their social, emotional and academic development which can lay the foundations to help them reach their potential.

 

 

Commenting on the donation, Douglas Rouse, Corporate Partnerships Director at Save the Children said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the commitment of the P&G staff members who have helped to raise this fantastic amount. Everyone involved should be very proud of their achievement and the difference their fundraising will make to Save the Children’s work here in the UK. The money raised will help us in our goal of ensuring that children in the UK get the basics they need so that they have a good start in life and go on to have the fair chance they deserve.”

QEF works with disabled children and adults to help them achieve their life goals and realise their potential. They are a unique provider of residential and non-residential intensive neuro-rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, education and transition support for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, with a specialism for younger adults.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of P&G staff over the last year, people being treated at QEF’s Neuro Rehabilitation centre in Banstead will have a newly refurbished café area where they can meet and relax. The new café will support disabled people with speech and language difficulties, many as a result of a stroke or serious road traffic accident. The café area will provide a positive and relaxing therapeutic ‘home from home’ setting for therapists to work with people on their communication and rehabilitation, relearning vital skills.

 

 

Jonathan Powell, CEO at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), commented:

“A lot of hard work and fun went into raising this money by staff which will make a real difference to the lives of severely brain injured young people who receive specialist treatment and support at QEF. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all at P&G who have contributed so much to make this new café a reality.

“There are at least 1 million people in the UK living with long-term effects of brain injury which makes specialist centres like ours in Banstead crucial. That is why we have invested significantly in this service in 2014 and the funds raised by P&G will help this work enormously in creating a wonderful community room with comfy sofas, specialist chairs and a café area.”

 

 

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