Community Matters

Our biggest local charity donation - £90,000 to benefit local children

Janette Butler, P&G UK & Ireland Community Relations Manager

In July, I was joined by Monique Picou, Product Supply Director for P&G UK & Ireland, to present cheques totalling £90,000 to the Children with Special Needs Foundation (CwSNF) and Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund (Child). Both fantastic charities were chosen because of our goal of improving life for children and youth through our corporate cause ‘Live, Learn and Thrive’.

As well as over 100 Live, Learn and Thrive programmes taking place in over 60 countries every day, thousands of P&G employees worldwide commit to raise money for Live, Learn and Thrive each year.

We are committed to supporting the local charities and communities where we live and work and I’m delighted that our largest-ever local charity donation of £90,000 from Brooklands HQ has been gifted to two causes working so hard to improve the lives of local children. The £90,000 sum was raised by employees at P&G’s headquarters in Surrey in a variety of ways, including P&G product sales to employees, cake sales, auctions and raffles.

CwSNF was set up in 1996 to raise funds to support individuals, groups and schools in their requests for equipment, holidays and tuition and to provide essential care for children with special needs in the local area. Fifteen years on, the charity can proudly boast that it has raised over £3 million, with 100% of donations going directly to the special children. The £45,000 windfall from P&G will provide fun and laughter for 1,400 special needs children and their families to enjoy the first night of the pantomime, Peter Pan at Woking Theatre. In addition, the charity will be able to fund a cycling project at a special needs school.

Staff at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey were overwhelmed by the donation which will make refurbishment of the Young Person’s Ward a reality. The refurbishment has been long overdue and is needed to improve the environment and experience for older children who are too old to be placed on a children’s ward but too young to be placed on an adult ward. P&G’s donation will provide 50% of the estimated amount to complete the project to a standard which would not be possible with NHS funds alone.

To find out more about how we’re improving life for more than 300 million children worldwide, you can follow us on Twitter or contact us through the P&G corporate press office.

Janette Butler
P&G UK & Ireland Community Relations Manager

Live, Learn and Thrive people

“The CWSNF Committee is extremely grateful to all involved in raising such a fantastic sum at P&G. The money will be used to purchase 1400 tickets for the pantomime. It will also be used to fund a cycling project at Abbey School, Farnham, this includes purchasing a van to carry the bicycles and tricycles to the venue where children with special needs can cycle safely. The cycling project will cost approximately £21,000 and will give great delight to the children. We know that both these projects will enhance the lives of our special needs children within Surrey.”

Gordon Parris, MBE, Founder, Children with Special Needs Foundation

Live, Learn and Thrive people

“After taking the views of staff and young people some of the things that are planned include access to a wireless network for patients, provision of iPads to use, installation of a large flat-screen TV in the sitting area, access to a Play Station 3 and other electronic games, age appropriate soft furnishings and decorations throughout the area, provision of a room for private interviews with patients and a health library of paper and electronic documents relevant to health issues in this age group. The Paediatric Team at St Peter’s Hospital are extremely grateful for P&G’s very generous donation and for all the hard work of their staff in raising this fantastic sum.”

Dr. Paul Cranshaw, St. Peter’s Hospital

Live, Learn and Thrive goals

  • Live, Learn and Thrive has improved life for more than 300 million children globally
  • Every second of every day, two children benefit from Live, Learn and Thrive
  • More than 100 programmes taking place in over 60 countries every day

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