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Several charities have benefited from a bumper Christmas donation from AWE.
Macmillan Cancer Support and Tadley First Responders have received a donation of £18,000 each from AWE’s Charity Committee.
In addition to these large cash donations, AWE staff members donated over 1.2 tonnes of non-perusable food for a local food bank.
Trevor Sleath, Manager of the Andover Food bank said: “We are overwhelmed by the support of AWE staff. During the Christmas period the food bank delivers over seven tonnes of food to local people so AWE’s contribution will really help those in need during the festive period.”
Tadley First Responders has been announced as the 2014 AWE local charity of the year and Macmillan Cancer Support as the AWE national charity of the year.
Tadley First Responders will be using the AWE donation to purchase community access defibrillators which is a vital support they provide to the local area. With the donation from AWE the group hopes to purchase six more defibrillators over the next year.
Debbie Leadbetter from Tadley First Responders said: “We are overwhelmed by the amount AWE have donated and the continued support the company gives us.”
Linda Whitbey from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “This contribution from AWE will help us to achieve our ambition of ensuring that no one will have to face cancer alone. We can’t thank the staff of AWE enough for their great fundraising over the past year.”
These donations round off a great year of fundraising by AWE staff members, which included a donation to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust of £10,000 by AWE Team Challenge participants.
Over 130 AWE staff members took part in the 2014 Team Challenge - fundraising in excess of £20,000. Philip Avraam, fundraiser for the AWE team challenge, said: “The money we raised was absolutely fantastic. It was truly a team effort and I’m delighted.”
The AWE Charity Committee chairperson Michele Maidment said: “AWE is delighted to be able to support all these wonderful charities in this way.”
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