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Local charities in Havering boosted by £10,000 of Serco donations

Published: 23 Oct 2017

Ten charities from across the London Borough of Havering have been given a boost by Serco, the Borough Council’s waste collection and recycling provider, receiving donations of £1,000 each as part of Serco’s commitment to supporting the local community.

The ten local charities were carefully selected from a large number of applications due to the vital contribution they make in the local area, from supporting vulnerable local people to providing facilities for the whole community’s benefit. They are:

  • Saint Francis Hospice, which provides free care to those affected by a life-limiting illness and will use the donation to help fund a support group for young children.  

  • Harold Hill Food Bank, which provides emergency food supplies to local people facing crisis.

  • Havering Music Makers, a musical theatre society, which will use the donation to run workshops engaging local schoolchildren in theatre.

  • Havering Mind, which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and will use the donation to provide a telephone advice service and raise awareness of the support it offers.

  • Romford Salvation Army, which will use the funds to support unemployed local people to move back into work and regain their independence.

  • Tapestry, which supports vulnerable adults to lead a fulfilling life, and will use the donation to create a sensory room for people with dementia. 

  • Tweed Way Hall Community Association, which provides halls for local community groups to hire for their meetings and events at affordable rates.

  • Motorvations, which provides skills training to support excluded young people into mainstream training or employment.

  • Brookside Infant School, which will use the donation to improve their food growing space where pupils learn to plant and harvest fruit and vegetables.

  • Friends of Cottons Park, which works to maintain and improve Cottons Park for the benefit and enjoyment of the local community.  

The charities were presented with their £1,000 cheques at a special event at the CEME conference centre in Rainham, Essex, hosted by members of Serco’s team.

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Luke Young, Serco Contract Manager, London Borough of Havering said:

“Alongside providing a high quality waste and recycling service to local residents, we want to do our bit to support our local community here in Havering. These charities and community groups do some incredibly important work, and we hope our donations will help them to make a real difference for local people.”

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment at Havering Council, said:

“This is great news for the chosen charities, which do so much to help local residents, and it’s a reflection of Serco’s commitment to support the community in Havering.

“The Council’s partnership with Serco continues to provide an efficient and first-rate waste and recycling service to residents. In addition to this latest funding for local charities, Serco’s support of Council projects, such as sponsorship of floral displays, also strengthens the effective relationship we have.”

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