Rainbow charity gets a special delivery from Croydon depot

In a week when raising cash for children’s charities is making the news, UK Mail’s Croydon depot has done itself proud, handing over a cheque for £1,250 to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

UK Mail's Croydon depot's charity presentation to the Rainbow Trust this week

UK Mail’s Croydon depot’s charity presentation to the Rainbow Trust this week

The “special delivery” to the Surrey-based charity was made earlier this week, with Parcel Pete – UK Mail’s cartoon mascot – meeting up with Rainbow characters Zippy, George and Bungle, while UK Mail’s Croydon staff Alison Lahabib (Operations Manager), Don Howie (Site Manager) and Jayne McClymont (Site Admin) were also on hand for the photograph, left.

The money was raised after UK Mail staff thwarted an attempted fraud at the depot, leading to an arrest by police. UK Mail is the delivery partner for Telefonica O2 and as part of a reward scheme, the mobile phone company handed over £625 for their crime-busting efforts. After the funds were matched by UK Mail, the team at the Croydon depot donated the money to Rainbow Trust, a charity who provides individually tailored social palliative care to all family members of a child who has a life threatening or terminal illnesses.

“We’re really grateful to UK Mail for not only donating their reward money to Rainbow Trust, but matching it as well,” said Louise Bingham of the Rainbow Trust. “The money raised is the equivalent of paying for the transport costs of one of our Family Support Workers for around two months. This means 25 families are able to get to hospital for essential appointments, on time and without the stress of public transport.

“Rainbow Trust rely almost entirely on fundraising to carry out our services, so donations like this are essential for us to continue offering vital support to families when they need it most.”

Howie said “To get the opportunity to give to others and support such a great cause was rewarding and something the team wanted to do. We hope the funds donated will help the charity continue their great work with children and their families.”

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