Staff at Seagate in Derry are celebrating after smashing a fundraising target for the NSPCC by six times the expected amount. To date, staff at the Springtown plant have raised £65,000 and more fundraising activities are said to be in the pipeline.
Richard Gamble, Seagate Director, said that staff had been “swept up” in the fundraising frenzy for the children’s charity:
He said: “Seagate’s relationship with NSPCC began in 2012 with a goal of £10,000 to support services in the Foyle area. Since then, it’s gathered momentum and we’ve exceeded all expectations. We’ve now reached £65,000 and are still going strong.
“It’s easy to keep motivated when you can see very clearly the impact that this money will have in the local area. Meeting with staff who are delivering therapeutic programmes to families and children right here, right now, brings home how important this work is to our community.
“Children who have been sexually abused, who are affected by domestic abuse, or who are in the looked after system and need a bit of additional support, benefit so greatly from NSPCC’s programmes of work. Knowing the impact the charity’s interventions can have is a huge driver.
“That said, it is entirely down to the hard work and generosity of our staff and of the local community that we have £65,000 to present to NSPCC. I cannot thank everyone enough for getting behind our endeavour.”
Seagate Technology’s fundraising has spanned a host activities, from a 20th Anniversary dinner, raising a spectacular £45,000, Let’s Dance event raising an amazing £11,300, the Great North Run, raising £4,146, Pay to Park, raising £1,767, and an ascent of Mont Blanc by colleague Vincent Devenney, raising £1,800 – not to mention a corporate donation of £1,500 from Seagate themselves.
With totals still being finalised from a further pay to park, Great North Run entry and the recent Lap the Lough event, the local company’s fundraising endeavours are continuing unabated.
Joni Rock, corporate fundraising manager for NSPCC Northern Ireland, said that the company’s achievements were “astounding”.
“We always had high hopes for our partnership with Seagate Technology, but they have consistently gone above and beyond.
“The enthusiasm, creativity and generosity they have demonstrated has been an inspiration, and we are extremely grateful. Thanks to their efforts, and the amazing funds raised to date, we can continue to be there for the most vulnerable children and families.”
Monies raised by the Seagate team will be used to fund vital services in the Foyle area, including programmes of work for young people in care, for children and young people who have been sexually abused, for fathers who are violent or abusive to their partners, and supporting mothers and children to recover from domestic abuse.
You can show your support for local children and families by texting NIChild to 70744 to make a donation of £4.