Generous staff turned their workplace into a veritable Santa’s grotto of games and toys in a drive to help bring gifts to underprivileged children this Christmas.
Workers at Stockton’s NETA Training raised a whopping £510 when they decided to give greeting cards a miss this year and instead opted to put the money they would have spent towards buying toys for children.
Handing the gifts over to The Ellen Timney Foundation, a North-east charity supporting sick and underprivileged children in the region, NETA administrator Sue Campbell said: “This is the fourth time that we have done this, but this has been by far the biggest.
“We ask staff, instead of sending Christmas cards, to donate the money and each year it has got bigger and better. This year the response has been amazing.”
This Christmas the collection was also given a healthy boost from specialist recruitment firm, DM Contractor Solutions, who were happy to get involved.
Managing Director Brian Ward said: “I thoroughly believe in helping charities and if you can give a little something back then you do. It was a no brainer for us to join NETA in raising money for such a good cause. We were happy to help.”
NETA instructor Rob Hardy, who is also vice chairman of The Ellen Timney Foundation, said: “There are no words to say just how grateful we are to all those who have helped. These toys will mean so much to so many children in our area.
“It is fantastic that each year staff at NETA go that extra mile to show their support.”
And, he added: “It is not just at Christmas they give their support but throughout the year as well.”
NETA staff used the money collected to purchase a vast collection of toys for boys and girls for a whole range of different ages. Rob said: “All of these toys will be distributed in the next 24 hours.”
This festive season The Ellen Timney Foundation has helped over 600 children, who otherwise would receive nothing on Christmas day. Rob said: “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Popping into NETA to offer his own word of thanks charity trustee Tony Timney said: “Without Rob the charity wouldn’t have been able to do all that is has done. He has helped us raise a lot of money and made a difference to a lot of children.”