This year, so far, we have given out more than £2500 to a huge variety of different causes.

They have included The Saplings School, a local School in Kill, Ireland which provides education for pupils with autism and complex needs. The School was nominated by Pat Pritchley from our Kildare site. The Saplings is an independent, not for profit, public interested company with charity status. It was originally established by a group of committed parents and local professionals. Our Kildare MD, Paul McKenna presented the cheque when he visited the school, and said: “My visit to the school was a humbling experience, the teachers and staff there are doing amazing work with the pupils!”

In the North West, Stefan Simm nominated Westhoughton Lions who put the funds towards new playing kit for its under 11’s team. Westhoughton Lions is the only rugby league club in the Bolton area with a junior section, training children from four years, up to its open age men’s team, with close to 200 players registered.

The club celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, and this the groundwork began in February on the club’s very own clubhouse called ‘The Den’. On completion it’s hoped that it will become a hub for local community events as well as giving the club members something to be proud of after years of planning and dedicated fundraising.

As well as a donation to the Lancashire mining museum at Astley Green Colliery earlier this year which was nominated by Karen Boardman, £500 has also gone to Kelly’s Kat rescue in Newtown, Wales. Polyco’s Ian Brady nominated the charity that currently has 12 foster volunteers who look after the cats and kittens in their own homes until a suitable permanent home is found. Kell’s Kat promote neutering to prevent unwanted kittens and direct people to get funding if they need the help. Kelly’s Kat rescue concentrates on cats and kittens that have no home and no one to look after them, so they take them to the vets to be checked and treated if necessary and then find them a suitable new home.