Island Roads has given a helping hand to Isle of Wight children’s charity Daisy Chains.
Over the past two years, staff from the highways PFI company have been raising money for Daisy Chains after voting it their charity of the year.
Because fundraising was hindered by the pandemic, staff have been raising money for the charity for the past two years which meant a grand total of £874.48 could be handed over to Daisy Chains fundraising managers Kellie Lawrence and Mandy Fuller.
Island Roads fundraising team member Elbie Todd, who handed over the cheque with construction manager Keith Gourlay, said staff had chosen to support Daisy Chain as several had first-hand experience of the problems encountered by parents of poorly children.
Elbie said: “It really is a fantastic charity that does so much to support poorly young ones and their families so we were delighted to be able to support them over the last two years. We know the money will be put to very good use.”
Money was raised from a number of staff events including cake sales, sweepstakes and mufti days. Besides cash, Island Roads staff also donated Christmas gifts to Daisy Chain families.
Founded in 2012 by a group of parents, Daisy Chains supports Island children with a disability, long-term health needs or life-limiting condition. It also provides grants for much needed equipment and helps families with the cost of travelling to mainland hospital appointments.
Kellie said: “This is a really important donation from Island Roads as, sadly, some local charities who provided similar support to Daisy Chains have closed over the pandemic period so there is a real and growing need for our services. Every penny of this kind donation from Island Roads will be used to make a real difference to the young people and families who need us.”
You can read more about Daisy Chains by visiting https://daisychainsiw.wixsite.com/daisychainsiw
This year Island Road staff have chosen Beaulieu Respite as their chosen charity.