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GRREC Health & Safety initiative provides welcome boost to Glasgow charities

25th November 2020

Viridor’s Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) has made a cash donation of almost £4,800 to both Beatson Cancer Charity and Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids following a staff fundraising initiative.

A total of £9,565 was raised by employees at the site based at Polmadie on the south side of the city thanks to a Health & Safety initiative with a twist. For each month staff record zero ‘Lost Time Injuries’ (LTI), the GRREC receives £5 per employee from Viridor to donate to a charity of the site’s choosing.

Staff at the GRREC voted for Glasgow-based Beatson Cancer Charity and Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids as the recipients of the donation and raised the commendable sum between January 2019 and June 2020.

Debbie Wallace, Health & Safety Environment Manager at Viridor’s GRREC, said: “Our Health & Safety scheme not only ensures the wellbeing of our staff on site, it provides an additional incentive thanks to the prospect of Viridor donating money towards causes close to our employees’ hearts.

“We are so pleased we were able to hand over cheques for almost £4,800 to both Beatson Cancer Charity and Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids. It has been a tough year for everyone and charities have been hit hard, with little opportunity to fundraise. With Christmas on the horizon we are pleased we are able to give something back and provide a boost. Hearing how the charities will use the money and the difference it makes really is heartwarming.”

Handing over the cheque to Beatson Cancer Charity was the GRREC’s Site Services Manager, Mark Gordon, who is currently receiving treatment at the Beatson.

Martin Cawley, CEO of Beatson Cancer Charity said: “Viridor Scotland has supported Beatson Cancer Charity over the last few years in many ways. A staggering £11,500 has been kindly donated to us which has helped with delivery of services to patients and their families via our Wellbeing centre. In light of COVID-19, this has presented challenges for many, in particular with those facing cancer.

“The most recent donation will allow us to continue with our Befriending Service and delivery of patient care packs across this important time. Thanks to all the staff at Viridor Scotland including Sarah Bird and Karen MacCormack, Community Benefits Officers who have worked closely with our fundraising team – it really makes a difference.”

 Grace Reilly, Charity Manager at Radio Clyde Cash for Kids, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous donation from Viridor and their Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre. Child poverty in Glasgow and the West of Scotland is at its highest and with this incredible support we are able to ensure that 136 children living in some of the most disadvantaged areas will receive food and other basic essentials during the Christmas period.”

Viridor Scotland has supported Radio Clyde and Forth’s Cash for Kids on a number of occasions in recent years. In 2019, Viridor donated £1,666 to Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign. While in 2018 a team of five Viridor staff worked exclusively on collecting thousands of toys donated by listeners across more than 420 drop off points across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians. This was part of the station’s Mission Christmas charitable drive which gifted presents to families in need. The charity required additional support to collect, organise and distribute the toys, with Viridor stepping in to assist.

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