15 February 2019
Potato supplier donates £37K to charities
NATIONAL potato supplier Branston has donated £37,000 to charities across the UK, including £21,420 to Rethink Mental Illness, £10,710 to Support in Mind Scotland and £5,000 to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
Throughout 2018, Branston took part in a variety of fundraising activities including a Century Cycle Ride, the London Marathon, the City of Lincoln 10k, ‘Branston’s Biggest Loser’ weight loss contest, Tough Mudder and staff events such as a summer BBQ, bake sales and a Christmas raffle.
Branston also sponsored a puppy, from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity, having donated £5,000 to help fund the first year of her guide dog training. Staff at the Lincoln site won a company-wide competition to select the best name which was awarded to Piper, after the popular potato variety Maris Piper.
Simon Telfer, HR director at Branston said: “This year’s fundraising will support vital mental health services for those who need them. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us meet our target. Our suppliers in particular have continued to support us with our fundraising activity over the year and we really appreciate their generosity in helping us to raise money for such worthwhile charities.”
Branston supplies potatoes to UK retailers and wholesalers, as well as seed for potato growers. Managing Director James Truscott is pictured with Lisa Fraser-Ashton, corporate partnerships manager at Rethink.