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AWE recently presented cheques to its 2012 supported charities – each receiving £10,400.
Every year AWE picks a local and national charity to support. Last year the company chose Children 1st West Berkshire which provides a vital stepping stone for those leaving foster care, and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust (DKHLT) was chosen as the national charity to get support.
The local charity, which is also referred to as Cornerstone, after the name of the house where the young adults are based, aims to bridge the gap between those officially leaving care and taking the daunting step of achieving independence and self-sufficiency.
The residents are aged between 16-21 years old when they arrive, and the house not only provides a roof over their heads and a safe environment, but also gives them the opportunity to acquire essential life skills including: social skills, learning how to cook and organise their time, and how to budget on a set income.
Julie Barclay Clark, one of the charity’s trustees, said: “ 'The cheque will make a huge difference to the charity, but the ongoing support from the employees of AWE has been amazing this year and that has also made the young people in the house understand that people care about them.”
John Stone, chairman of the trustees, said: “On behalf of everyone involved with the charity, I would thank all the staff at AWE for the support that they have given over the last year to Children 1st West Berkshire and, especially for the large cheque they gave us recently. This will be enormously helpful to improve the lives of our young people at Cornerstone in a big way. The money will be spent on supporting the young people to reach their full potential and this will enable us to treat them as individuals and put in the support that each individual needs.”
Michele Maidment, secretary of AWE’s Community Committee, said: “The work of both these charities is hugely important and has a huge impact on the lives of young people and their futures. We’re delighted to be able to support them in this way.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.