Wisbech-based TPN Member Pallet Network Anglia has divided the entirety of its winnings from the TPN Charity Draw between a local animal shelter and the local branch of mental health charity Mind. The company has donated Â£500 each to Norfolk and Waveney Mind, and Ravenswood Pet Rescue in Wisbech.
Steve Jackson, operation support manager at East Angliaâ€™s premier logistics company says: â€œThe team decided as a group that we would like to donate all the money to local charities. However, the response from our staff was divided â€” some chose animal charities and some chose human charities. So we divided the nominations into the two groups, and picked one from each, lottery-style.
â€œItâ€™s very important to us to support our local community and the important volunteer efforts that happen here. Itâ€™s also wonderful to have a chance to show solidarity with the issues our staff care about,â€ he says. â€œWeâ€™d like to say a huge thank you to TPN for giving us this chance to support such worthy local causes.â€
Minworth-based TPN â€” THE Pallet Network â€“ has over 100 regional member companies, all of which pledge Â£10 a month to the TPN charity â€˜potâ€™. Each month a winning depot is chosen at random, and they choose where to donate at least Â£500 of the winnings. If they wish, the other Â£500 can be used to reward their hard-working teams.
Rachel Walsh, fundraising and communication manager at Norfolk and Waveney Mind says: â€œThis is fantastic, and we are very grateful to our local TPN depot who kindly nominated us for this donation.
â€œWith over one in four people experiencing a mental health problem and 104 people choosing to take their own lives each week in the UK, the need for good quality mental health support, advice and information is vital.â€
TPN MD Mark Duggan says: â€œWe are very proud of our Charity Draw initiative. Our network is made up of the best transport companies in the UK and all of them are very committed to working in their local communities and all have favourite charities they support.
â€œThe TPN Charity Draw is a way we can work collectively to raise funds and awareness for charities, but still keep that local connection between our Members and the causes that matter to them,â€ he says.
Pallet Network Anglia is a leading provider of palletised freight services in the Peterborough postcode area. As a long-term Member of TPN, it has expanded to become a substantial local employer and makes a significant contribution to the local economy, shipping and delivering more than 3,000 pallets per week. Pallet Network Anglia also works hard to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its fleet of electric forklifts from its own wind turbine.
About the chosen charities
Ravenswood Pet Rescue is a small independent rescue centre based on the Cambridge/ Norfolk border. We are self-financed and do all our fundraising from car boot sales, quiz nights, kind donations and adoption fees etc. It only has a few workers and otherwise relies on community support.
Norfolk and Waveney Mind is a local Mind mental health charity offering an extensive range of mental health services, along with associated training, advice and information. It offers a wide range of services including 1:1 talking therapies, gardening projects, access to employment services, mental health training and education for businesses, schools and individuals, residential care and support programmes. It also works in the local community to raise awareness and challenge sigma and discrimination.Â Its services support young people aged 14-25, and adults and carers affected by mental health problems.
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