Ideal's charity fundraising contributes to motor neurone disease care

Published:  12 August, 2015

More than £3,500 has been raised by Ideal Boilers staff for Elly West, the wife of an employee, who has motor neurone disease.

An Ideal Boilers employee boxing match, as well as an angling competition, have contributed to the funds that will help buy home adaptations for Ms West.

She is married to Ideal production operative, Rory West. 

A new charity receives funds raised by the company's employees each month, with recipients nominated by staff. Fundraising activities include collections within departments, raffles and a weekly ‘casual’ Friday.

Recent causes to have benefited include Abbie’s Fund, which supports the parents of babies who are stillborn or die shortly after birth, providing memory boxes for them through Hull Women & Children’s Hospital and other local hospitals.

Katy Cowell, founder of Abbie’s Fund, said: “Your donation of £1500 is absolutely amazing and will help provide roughly 60 more memory boxes plus keepsakes for local families. Brilliant! We really were astounded at the amount you raised for us in just one month, your generosity and support has been absolutely incredible….many thanks to you all.”

One other charity recently supported by Ideal staff is Team Uganda. Former Ideal employee Andy Robinson, whose wife Dawn still works in the manufacturer’s customer services department, travelled to Uganda at the end of June with pupils from Hull Collegiate School to support the Great Lakes High School in Uganda.

This school was established in 2008 and funded entirely by charitable donations. There are now 332 pupils studying there. It costs £180 to sponsor a child for a year’s education, a sum which includes accommodation and food.

Mr Robinson’s target for 2015 is to raise £1,800 and sponsor 10 children, with the casual day at Ideal raising enough to sponsor one child. As part of his fundraising efforts Mr Robinson and some friends completed a 42 mile sponsored walk across the Yorkshire Moors.

Debbie Skalli, HR manager, praised the efforts of staff, “The team at Ideal is incredibly strong, supportive and generous. This is reflected in the charity work that our staff do and it’s nice to be able to acknowledge and celebrate their incredibly generous spirit.

"While being based here in Hull we also have offices and training centres across the country, where we also have strong links to our local communities, and beyond."

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