Staff at Dennison Commercials raise £24k for Marie Curie

Dennison Commercials staff Henry Turkington, Paul Gillan, Neil Arbuthnot, John Johnston, Emyrs McBurney and Gwen Hill hand over the cheque to Alison Wilson, Regular Care Giving Fundraiser at Marie Curie. INNT 33-504CON
Dennison Commercials staff Henry Turkington, Paul Gillan, Neil Arbuthnot, John Johnston, Emyrs McBurney and Gwen Hill hand over the cheque to Alison Wilson, Regular Care Giving Fundraiser at Marie Curie. INNT 33-504CON

Marie Curie has thanked Dennison Commercials’ employees after they raised £24,400 for the charity, helping to fund 1,200 hours of nursing care.

A group of 26 staff at the Ballyclare-based company raised the money through their participation in the Payroll Giving scheme.

But after Alison Wilson, Regular Care Giving Fundraiser at Marie Curie, travelled across the province to visit the Volvo truck and bus dealer’s five depots, an additional 39 staff members have now signed up for Payroll Giving, raising the Dennison employees’ annual donation to a whopping £5,118.

Marie Curie has 150 nurses in Northern Ireland providing care and support to people through terminal illness within the comfort of their own homes.

“Payroll Giving provides Marie Curie with a regular and reliable source of income, and without the generosity of donors like Dennison’s employees we would be unable to deliver our vital services to local families during such a stressful time,” Alison explained.

John Johnston, Vehicle Handover Specialist at Dennison’s, has been donating since the scheme’s induction within the company in 2003. He said: “It’s surprising to think a small amount coming out of everyone’s wages could raise this amount. I signed up because it was a good cause and one that could affect someone I know, but I never thought we would all make such a difference and I am happy to say I had a small part to play in it.”

In addition to the Payroll Giving scheme, Dennison’s staff have supported Marie Curie through a variety of fundraising events.

John Jenkins, MD of Dennison Commercials, said the company is proud of its staff and their incredible fundraising achievements.