Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, has presented a cheque to children’s charity Barnardo’s for £607,086.
Barnardo’s was the company’s chosen charity partner for the last two years, as part of Saint-Gobain’s ‘together’ charity programme, which involved employees, customers and suppliers of Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution businesses in the UK and Ireland.
To mark the end of the partnership with Barnardo’s, Peter Hindle MBE, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Habitat, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and General Delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, presented Trina Gable from Barnardo’s with the results of Saint-Gobain’s fundraising efforts.
Saint-Gobain Building Distribution businesses in the UK and Ireland developed the ‘together’ partnership in 2002. Since then, it has worked with a number of charities including The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Help the Hospices, raising £2.3 million.
Peter Hindle MBE said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Saint-Gobain employees, customers and suppliers across the building distribution businesses, they have engaged in a range of fundraising activities including cycle rides, treks, gala dinners, cake bake sales, and a Saint-Gobain staff takeover of Barnardo’s stores for one day as part of ‘Store Wars’!
“This is exactly why the ‘together’ programme was established - to bring people together for a great cause. As well as raising as much money as possible for Barnardo’s, the Saint-Gobain team has also volunteered their time and donated materials to project makeovers, which is just as important. This has allowed us to share our building expertise on local community projects belonging to Barnardo’s across the UK and Ireland.”
Trina Gable, Corporate Relationship Manager for Barnardo’s, said: “Our partnership with Saint-Gobain has been an enormous success with an incredible £607,086 raised to help some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK and Ireland. This could not have happened without the inspirational leadership from the very top or the sheer hard work and enthusiasm from everyone across the building distribution businesses. From everyone at Barnardo’s; a huge thank you for your support and commitment and we wish you every success with your new partnership.”
Saint-Gobain recently announced that its new 2014/2015 charity partners in the UK and Ireland are Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society.