Leyland Trucks’ Helping Hand has revealed it helped more than 30 local charities in 2015.
Speaking at the annual Christmas lunch for Leyland employees and contractors, Neale Handley, Helping Hand Chairman, brought more than 900 employees up to date on the projects which the charity has supported this year and its plans for 2016, highlighting key projects close to employee’s hearts.
The first a donation to the ‘Walk for Wilf’ charity which aims to raise money to fund overseas treatment for a four year old boy with atopic eczema and secondly the provision of a specialist bath chair for Isaac, a two year old living in the local area who suffers from spina bifida.
Three other local charities were highlighted in the end of year ceremony, as representatives were invited to the Leyland Trucks facility to receive cheques. The charities were:
Heartbeat which provides cardiac rehabilitation sessions in the local community
Key Youth, which works to help young people and families reach their full potential and
North West Air Ambulance which flies paramedics and doctors to incidents all over the region as well as transferring patients to specialist hospitals.
Neale Handley, Chairman of Helping Hand commented: “We’ve had an amazing 2015, supporting over 30 charities with widely varying roles, but all with a common theme, that of providing help and support to those in need in our local area. In addition to all the wonderful work Helping Hand achieves year on year, we’ve also just introduced a new website and social media channels, which will allow us to communicate with a wider audience as well as drive fundraising even further into 2016.”
A further twenty charities are set to receive cheques in the post this year as well as a substantial donation of food items to the local food bank, all made possible thanks to the tireless work of the Helping Hand team and Leyland Trucks employees.
The ceremony, held on 17 December saw members of Leyland’s senior management team serve employees a hot lunch prior to being entertained by Preston’s College band Mosaic.
The 2015 Leyland Trucks Helping Hand Christmas raffle winners were also announced; the raffle this year broke all previous records, with an incredible 19,175 tickets sold.
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