Where Big Business And Small Charities Can Come Together

Issue 24

Designed to be the most sustainable paint plant of its kind, AkzoNobel’s new £100 million flagship facility in Ashington utilises all of the latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that it sets new standards for manufacturing. Like all other AkzoNobel facilities the site is also committed to bringing colour into

people’s lives through its support for communities, charities and local partners.

“We want to play a positive and leading role in creating a brighter, more sustainable future for our planet and our communities,” said Jeff Hope, Head of Manufacturing Unit at Ashington. “At AkzoNobel, we work hard to build and maintain a reputation for delivering on our commitments. As an extended part of this commitment, we’re dedicated to supporting local charities and organisations where we can help inspire change and raise awareness when needed.

“Every year, we nominate one local charity to support which then receives all of the proceeds raised by our annual fundraising activities,” explained Alex Wardle, Site Support Coordinator at AkzoNobel Ashington. “This year the site voted to support the Nicole Rich Foundation which supports families affected by Batten Disease, an extremely rare genetic disorder which causes a progressive deterioration of the brain and nervous system.”

The foundation was created by the family of Nicole Rich, the little daughter of one of the employees at Ashington. Both Nicole, and her younger sister Jessica, have been diagnosed with the cruel disease which affects their nervous system.

“As our charity of the year we have so far managed to raise almost half of the £5,000 target for the foundation which has helped to support Nicole and her family while she undergoes treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital,” said Alex.

The nearby AkzoNobel Felling site has also joined in the fundraising action for the foundation and has raised over £2,700 in recent events.

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