Wales & West Utilities colleagues are celebrating after charitable fundraising efforts in 2017 saw over £60,000 being donated to worthwhile charities.
The money raised involved 66 colleagues participating in events including skydives, bag packing in supermarkets and a 30-hour rugby match. Over £44,000 was raised through their own fundraising efforts, with a further £17,000 provided by the company’s match-funding scheme.
Charities to benefit from the fundraising include Care & Repair Cymru, 1223 Caerphilly Squadron Air Cadets, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital, Flintshire Vintage and Classical Tractor Society and local sports clubs amongst others.
Alex Johnson, an Emergency Gas Engineer for Wales & West Utilities in Cardiff area helped support a Mad Hatters Tea Party to raise money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital. He said:
“When my friend’s son was born he had health difficulties and Noah’s Ark were there to support him – and when my own baby was born we were unfortunately in a similar situation. Both children pulled through, but we wanted to do something to give back to the hospital.
“The tea party was a great success – over 50 people attended and raised more than £1,800 for the charity. I am delighted to have played a part in helping to raise vital money to help such a worthy cause, and to have the support of my employer was fantastic.”
Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, said:
“Our colleagues are doing a fantastic job in raising money for causes very close to their hearts and we are delighted to support their efforts through our match-funding scheme.
“Our match-funding contribution seeks to make the money raised go further and we hope that 2018 will be an even bigger and better year!”
Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.