The UK and Ireland’s largest trailer manufacturer, SDC Trailers based in Toomebridge has announced that the company has raised over £100,000 to help the Cancer Fund for Children. The company has had CFC as its charity partner since 2014, with each member of staff contributing through payroll giving, as well as raising money through a series of fundraising events such as the 2014 and 2015 Belfast marathon, a charity cycle event, and a donation from SDC. This payroll giving drive has included all of the staff at SDC and sister company MDF Engineering in Antrim.

Managing Director Mark Cuskeran, praised the staff and the charity itself for their success.

“We chose CFC for the truly fantastic work the charity is doing in the local community. I am delighted that our staff here at SDC Trailers and MDF Engineering have been so generous in donating to the CFC charity. A number of management and staff have visited CFC’s Daisy Lodge centre and been overwhelmed by the services that they provide to affected children and families. With this in mind, the board of directors decided to add a further £20,000 on top of staff contributions for such a worthy cause.”

Every week in Northern Ireland, three more children and young adults (aged 0-24 years) hear the devastating news that they have cancer. For their families the future is uncertain and worrying as they face physical, emotional and financial challenges.

Cancer Fund for Children provide a range of wrap-around services including one to one and group support from therapeutic specialists, short breaks at Daisy Lodge, residential weekends at Narnia and financial grants. The charity also provides support through the ‘Young Shoulders Programme’ to young people who are living with a parent who has cancer.

SDC Trailers, which manufactured 9,500 trailers in 2015 alone has three state of the art production facilities in Northern Ireland and one in Mansfield, England. With almost 1,000 employees, the company is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with positions ranging from welders, fitters, painters, joiners, mechanical engineers, accountants, sales and administration.