Cash boost to campaign

Street lighting firm Amey has become the first donor to the Wakefield Cash Giveaway campaign. L-R Michael Dickinson (maintenance manager) and Steve Hewitson (account manager)

Street lighting firm Amey has become the first donor to the Wakefield Cash Giveaway campaign. L-R Michael Dickinson (maintenance manager) and Steve Hewitson (account manager)

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A COMPANY has made the first donation to our campaign to help cash-strapped community groups stay afloat.

Street lighting firm Amey has given £1,000 to the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway - and it is hoped the generous donation will kick start more pledges of support.

The Express has teamed up with The Community Foundation for Wakefield District to launch the campaign after government funding for community groups was slashed.

We want to raise £50,000 by Christmas before grants are given out next year.

And donations from companies like Amey will be vital to help us enable voluntary organisations to continue their care for the vulnerable and needy in our district.

The firm maintains and repairs street lights in a long-term contract with Wakefield Council.

Steve Hewitson, account manager for Amey Local Government, based in Normanton, said: “The campaign is a cash lifeline for voluntary organisations. We can sympathise with groups who are seeing their funding disappear. We employ a lot of people in the district and we wanted to give something back to the community.”

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the community foundation, said a representative from Amey would be invited to join the grants panel to help decide which groups would benefit from the campaign.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the appeal has received its first donation.

“Special thanks must to go Amey for being the lead donor. Let’s hope other donations will now follow from local companies and individuals.”

Companies can donate to the appeal by cheque, bank transfer or by pledging an amount.

To donate, telephone 01924 239 181 or write to Shona Walsh, chief executive, The Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR.