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Festive fundraising tips the scales
The latest round of fundraising at EMR has seen more than £20,000 handed over to Warrington Youth Club (WYC) since it was selected as the Head Office charity of choice in September 2012.
So far EMR’s favoured fundraising activities have included sponsored cycles and ‘tough mudder’ type obstacle infused runs, themed bake sales and seasonal raffles and auctions. And the charitable spirit doesn’t just stop at Head Office with a number of the company’s surrounding depots also doing their bit to help maximise the impressive fundraising efforts, which have helped exceed the company’s initial £20,000 target!
“Our people are always encouraged to get involved in fundraising activities and streamlining our efforts for such a worthy cause over the last year or so has had some really positive results. We have well exceeded all expectations on the fundraising front and are always looking for ways to push past targets and get more involved,” said EMR Group HR Manager Angela Jones.
2013 came to an end with EMR carrying out its annual Christmas raffle and auction with prizes including holiday vouchers, red letter day vouchers, a round of golf, beauty vouchers, champagne, wine, a selection of spirits, luxury chocolates and much more! Ticket sales and auction bids alone raised £2,349.50 with match funding from the generous company taking the total to almost £4,700.
With EMR’s continued support of WYC it comes as no surprise that a number of Head Office employees have offered their time to act as mentors in the youth club’s ‘buddy up’ programme. The scheme sees children with disabilities matched with able bodied adults giving them someone different to talk to and spend time with. EMR receptionist and buddy up mentor Eileen Ford has been involved in the project for several months now, “I meet up with my girl at the Peace Centre once a week and sometimes we catch up at the weekend too. She is such a lovely girl and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with her,” she said.
Notes to editors
EMR is one of the world’s largest metal recycling companies and one of the most successful privately owned businesses in the UK. With 80 depots spread across Scotland, England and Wales and an additional 85 sites in Germany, Holland, Spain and America, the company employs more than 4,000 people across a huge range of disciplines. EMR’s international Head Office (Sirius House) is located in Warrington and is the base for more than 100 employees.
EMR is committed to supporting local communities and has been working with Warrington Youth Club since September 2012.