Foods staff are getting taste to help others
PREMIER Foods, owner of Quorn-making operations on Teesside, has a launched a new charity scheme.
The company, which employs 340 across two sites at Billingham and Stokesley has joined the Geared for Giving Campaign and has launched a workplace giving scheme.
The scheme is being rolled out to Premier Foods’ 18,000 employees and enables them to give to the charity of their choice, tax effectively, directly from their salaries.
Giving to charity in this way can increase donations by up to 40%.
Chief executive Robert Schofield said corporate social responsibility was at the heart of its business.
Although employees can give to any charity they like, the Charity of the Year, voted for by Premier Foods’ employees, is Cancer Research UK.
The company has pledged to raise at least £250,000 for the charity by the end of the year.
And community champions, at each of Premier Foods’ 65 manufacturing sites, are co-ordinating fundraising activities.
Group CSR manager Ian Bowles said: “Premier Foods is delighted to support the Geared for Giving Campaign and we would encourage other employers to sign up to this great initiative.
“Our community champions are fantastic individuals, they constantly come up with fun ways to raise much needed cash for the charities we support.
“We also donate around £500,000 of food to various charities each year for redistribution to people in dire social need, both here in the UK, and the developing world.
“Doing the right thing is not just a slogan, it really does mean just that.”
Cancer Research UK’s Bethan Wood said: “Workplace Giving is a really important income stream for Cancer Research UK which raises vital funds towards beating cancer.
“As we receive virtually no government funding for our research we rely almost entirely on our supporters’ generosity. “Working with companies like Premier Foods, and fundraising organisations such as Workplace Giving UK, we are able to reach more people who want to give through their payroll. They make donating to us as easy as filling in a simple form at work and, as it comes straight out of your pay before tax, it costs you less to give us more.”