Community Resilience

Caterpillar NI raises much needed funds for local charity Braveheartsni

Staff at Caterpillar Northern Ireland have been fundraising all year for their nominated charity of the year, Braveheartsni.

Each year, the company’s staff nominate and vote to support one local charity for the year and all events on site raise funds for the nominated charity. Across the Northern Ireland sites, employees plan and organise a range of fun events some of which include; coffee mornings, delicious cake and bun sales, bicycle rides, donating loose change days as well as prize raffles and Christmas jumper days.

Mark McClure, Operations Director recognises the dedication by staff to organise events across the sites to support the nominated charity of the year, saying: “Corporate social responsibility is very important to us as a company. Over £11,000 has been raised for Braveheartsni through the events planned by our staff. This is amazing and I am very proud to see the money will be used to develop a much needed teenager and young adult unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, for young people impacted by congenital heart disease. This is what it is all about, directly impacting the local community through the great efforts of our staff.”

Clare Caufield from Braveheartsni adds: “Braveheartsni is a local 100% volunteer charity in Northern Ireland. We are the only charity in Northern Ireland to offer specialist support to this age group, with the primary focus on social and welfare care and patient and family support. We have been overwhelmed by the support of the entire Caterpillar Northern Ireland team and are delighted this money will make a real difference to local people’s lives by supporting a much needed dedicated unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.”