We would like to say a big thank you to Bayer. Bayer handed over a cheque to us for £1650.50 last week for our services for local people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. The money was raised by Bayer’s Culture Club, a social organisation formed to bring employees together and enjoy different activities. The club organised a very successful raffle supported by donations from local companies; a film night, and a quiz night, from which the proceeds emerged.
Ferenc PÖlz, a Bayer business unit head, and head of the company’s Culture Team, said: “West Berkshire Mencap is a specialist charity which not only provides much needed support for its regular users, but great volunteer opportunities, which I know some of our employees have taken up. It’s fantastic our Culture Club was able to raise this sum so soon after being formed, and that they chose to support a local organisation which is well liked among our members.”
Bayer has previously helped us in the past with our Growing4All project. In 2013, a large group of volunteers from Bayer spent a day digging the Growing4All garden in Kingsclere, which provides a learning and social environment for adults with learning disabilities, and volunteer help is also given to us by Bayer employee, Lindsey Loane on a week to week basis at our Newbury Gateway Club.
Receiving the cheque was our Fundraising Manager, Carrie-Anne Ferrie, who said: “We really appreciate all the hard work and time the Bayer Culture Club have put in to these fundraising endeavours in aid of us. It makes a huge difference to have support from a company like Bayer, whose staff have really gone the extra mile to support us and the work we do locally. Knowing we have a company like Bayer who are willing to support us with fundraising and volunteering is something we are extremely grateful for, and we would like to thank Bayer and its staff for their on-going support.