A CHARITY that provides support to the young people of Ashbourne has been given a cash boost by one of the area’s biggest manufacturing firms.
Global car brand Toyota passed on a donation of £2,000 to Ace Youth Worker Trust at its Derbyshire factory in Burnaston, after the firm raised money through its charity fund.
Representatives from the Ashbourne-based charity, which works with local partners including Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, travelled to the plant on Friday to collect the cheque from Toyota staff.
The money was raised through the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust and its chairman, Mike Mitchell, said supporting local charities was important to the firm.
He said: “We are pleased that the fundraising activities of both the company and individual members allow us to continue our support of local charities.”
The trust was set up in 2008 to distribute funds to local good causes and has generated £889,127 through corporate and employee fund-raising activities.
Corporate fund-raising included seminars where businesses make a donation to spend a day at the Burnaston plant to learn about operations and business techniques, while other activities include a public visit programme.
Employees at the plant also arrange their own fund-raising activities including cake sales and auctions.
Charities and groups are invited to apply for donations from the trust by visiting www.toyotauk.com/community.