08:00 Monday 24 February 2014

Thanks a million - Toyota passes donation milestone

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

CHARITABLE organisations and groups from Burton benefitted as motor giant Toyota celebrated surpassing an important milestone.

The company was in party mood as the latest round of donations from its charitable trust saw it break the £1 million barrier for handouts since forming in 2008.

And there was double cause for celebration at its Burnaston plant where groups including the Burton Sea Cadets, Burton Salvation Army, Claymills Pumping Engines Trust and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance were all beneficiaries.

Toyota created the charitable trust six years ago in order to give something back to the communities in which its factories are based - South Derbyshire and North Wales.

The latest funding splurge has seen £168,000 distributed to charities and projects in those areas.

The donations fund a wide range of items, including toys, books, computers, furniture and learning equipment.

The cash that has been handed out has been raised in a variety of ways, such as offering corporate visits to the Burnaston plant and a raft of employee events such as cake sales.

Tony Walker, Toyota UK deputy managing director said: “Reaching our first million is a huge achievement for the trust.

“We are delighted that our fund-raising activities allow us to continue our support of local charities who deliver much needed support throughout our regions.

“The trust continues to demonstrate Toyota’s long-standing commitment to supporting local charities and community groups. For some organisations support from the trust has been invaluable to allow them to continue to operate in the local community.”

As well as the dozens of organisations it supports locally, the trust also supports two nominated charities each year.

During 2014, it will back Macmillan Cancer Support and the NSPCC.

Charities and groups are invited to apply for donations through the trust via its website at www.toyotauk.com/community

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