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London Plant Associates involvement with the Employees Charity Fund
ECF donations 2011 - click here to open a pdf page in a new window giving details of the latest donations from the fund (from an article courtesy The Hedley Herald - Spring 2011).
ECF Donations - 2010.
P&G London Plant help a local school achieve its goal for a special fund for books.
George Mann reports he had a discussion with the headmaster of Orsett Church of England Primary School, Essex about their fundraising for a special fund for more books for the school. He suggested they submit a request to the Employees Charity Fund (ECF) which has made donations for a number of local projects.
The background is that the school has seven classes with ages ranging from 5 - 11.
In 2009 the school set a target of £4.5k to be used to purchase new reading books for the whole school. The parents association set about raising the funds. They held a summer fete, sold home-made cakes, held a raffle each week with a prize of a home-made cake and generally went all out to raise money. As George's grandson is a pupil at the school, both he and his wife go along from time to time to some of the events. They learned that despite all these efforts, plus other small fund raising events, they were still £1k short of their target.
The school submitted a request to the fund, and it was very pleasing to hear that this was granted. As follow up, on Friday 26th March 2010, Pedro Estragues, (Plant Manager at London Plant), accompanied by Maureen Germaney, (one of the scheme Administrators) and George went along to present the cheque at the schools weekly assembly.
Pedro Estragues (2nd from right) presents the cheque with pupils from the School Council. The Headmaster, John Masson, is 2nd from left. George Mann (left) and Maureen Germaney (right) look on.
The presentation at the school assembly.
The staff, parents and indeed the pupils did not know the size of the grant from the fund, and were overwhelmed at the generosity shown by P&G. An article will also published in the local paper. This was excellent local publicity for the Plant's commitment to "working in the community" and indeed for the school. This donation will enhance the reading opportunities for all the children across the whole school.
Earlier in 2010 the fund had contributed to the purchase of a CD Projector for Thurrock Lions for fund raising events. As a thankyou, the Lions ran one of these events for the Associates (click here for a report about the event). Maureen Germaney and Tony Kennard (London Associates) sit on the fund committee and identify local projects that could benefit from help from the fund. On the night, Tony formally presented the projector to Dominic Cox, their representative and the evening's organiser.
Tony Kennard presents the projector to the Thurrock Lions.
To read more about other donations from the fund in earlier years, click here