Presenting Winston's Wish with this year's TRL Charity of Choice cheque. Front row: Greg Roberts, TRL President and Chief Executive; Elizabeth Thatcher, Community Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish; Emma Radley, Director of Fundraising, Winston's Wish; with members of TRL's Charity Committee.
A year of fundraising by staff at L3 TRL Technology has netted over £16,000 for childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish.
Employees from across the company took part in events and activities throughout the year to raise as much money as possible for the charity including a dragon boat regatta, win a day off work raffle, sky dives and a silent auction.
After raising £8,004, every penny was then matched by the company at the end of the year bringing in a total of £16,008.
Eloise Drake from TRL said: “It’s been such a busy year of fundraising and we are so pleased that we managed to beat our original target of £5,000. We really hope that this donation will make a difference to all of the children who are helped through Winston’s Wish.”
Winston’s Wish support bereaved children who need help to make sense of death and to rebuild their lives. The charity runs residential groups, family sessions, a help line and creates specialist publications for children on how to deal with bereavement.
Elizabeth Thatcher, Community Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish, said: "TRL have been an absolute delight to work with this year. As well as some more daring and challenging activities, they have raised a tremendous amount with simple and fun activities including sweepstakes, raffles, soup days, penny miles and more. We would like to thank everyone at TRL who have been involved in the fundraising. They’ve done such a wonderful job and the money raised will make such a difference to the work we do supporting children after the death of a parent or sibling."
Each year staff at TRL nominate a ‘charity of choice’ as the focus for fundraising activities with employee donations match-funded by the company. The charity of choice initiative is part of TRL’s corporate social responsibility strategy.