Firms team up in big charity push

08 Jan Firms team up in big charity push

FIRMS at a North East business park have raised thousands of pounds for a children’s charity by teaming up for a series of events in 2014.

Businesses at Cobalt Park in North Tyneside, including Busy Bees Nursery, Proctor and Gamble and Hewlett Packard, collected a total of £2,225 for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

Fundraising began in June with 12,500 employees invited to enter a ‘name the monkey’ contest for the charity’s Go Bananas campaign, before the site’s More on Show event in July featured a raffle with prizes ranging from a two-night cruise to Amsterdam to stays with Matfen Hall and Seaham Hall.

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Then in August, the annual Cobalt rounders tournament saw 10 companies to battle it out and donate to the cause.

Meanwhile, Busy Bees organised a family toddle through the nearby Silverlink Biodiversity park and sent a number of participants to the Sunshine Run on Newcastle’s Quayside in June.

And Hewlett Packard held a golf day in aid of the Sunshine Fund.

Other companies to help during the fundraising efforts were G4S, DNV, CBX, Balfour Beatty, Accenture and North Tyneside Council.

Caroll Pattison, Fund Director, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Cobalt and their occupiers on these amazing events.

“Cobalt are providing great support to the fund in helping us get our name out there and in front of people who work in the region to promote the fund who provide specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East of England.”

Amy Carroll, community coordinator for Cobalt, added: “Cobalt will continue to support the charity next year, helping them continue to provide the well-needed specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East.

“At Cobalt we try to look beyond the 9-5, providing a unique and dynamic timetable of events, classes and clubs. We want to build a strong sense of community and a truly rewarding environment for our staff to work and these charity events are one way we hope to achieve that.”

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