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Chestnut Tree House receive over £3500 through recycler’s safe working scheme

12th December 2016

Just down the road from Ford’s cutting-edge recycling facility the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel becomes the latest local charity to benefit from the Viridor Safe Working scheme. Viridor’s top priority is keeping its teams safe and every month that a team works safely they can make a contribution to a local charity with £3865 being raised over the last six months.

Viridor works in partnership with West Sussex County Council to operate the state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Ford. With recycling collected from households across West Sussex being mechanically and optically sorted and separated into high quality material ready for manufacturing into new products. The MRF links up with a network of eleven local Household Waste Recycling Sites where members of the public bring unwanted material taken to be recycled.

Since 2003, Chestnut Tree House has been providing care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire. There are estimated to be around 1000 families in Sussex with children who have a life-shortening condition and the hospice works to offer the best quality of life for young people to enjoy the time that they have with their families. Members of the Viridor Ford team went along to the hospice to learn more about the vital work happening every day and present the cheque for £3865.

Victoria Norman, Corporate Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said of the donation: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Viridor recycling team in West Sussex. Like the recycling plant in Ford we work all year round providing care and support to hundreds of families with short breaks and end of life care, through to bereavement support. It is one of the most distressing moments in life when a child is diagnosed with serious illness, but the donation from Viridor will go a long way to helping us provide our care services and make a real difference for local children and their families.”

Mike Stafford, Regional Manager for Viridor said added: “Every day we are helping the residents of West Sussex to boost the amount of material they recycle. Many residents will visit our Household Waste Recycling Sites across the County, but much of this work takes place behind the scenes at our MRF in Ford, we are delighted that the team has focused on working safely for six months and by doing so we can support the vital work of the Chestnut Tree House. We are continuously reviewing how we operate and are focusing ensuring we continue to work safely and look forward to supporting another donation in the coming months.”

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