16 December 2020

Sony UK TEC staff raise vital funds for three charities

Staff at manufacturing giant Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) has provided vital support to three charities in the lead up to the festive period, despite the obstacles posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of its commitment to supporting the work of charities close to the hearts of its staff, Team Players at the Pencoed facility have been busy over the last three months raising funds for Breast Cancer Now!, Movember, and also continuing their support of the Children’s Ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital.

In previous years fundraising events have been held onsite for staff to take part in, but due to the ongoing pandemic the manufacturing giant has embraced a new way of virtually raising funds.

Throughout October, the facilities’ Wellbeing Team asked staff members to take part in a Bake It Pink challenge where participants competed in a virtual baking competition, along with a Wear It Pink day. Both activities raised a total of £286 for Breast Cancer Now!.

November was spent fundraising for Testicular Cancer via the Movember Foundation, another charity that the Sony UK TEC Wellbeing Team are committed to supporting year on year.

Donations were raised through moustache growing, Move for Movember where Team Players were challenged to run and walk a total of 60km in support of men’s mental health and the 60 men lost every hour to suicide. Eight Team Players took part in the challenged and ran a total of 940km together. Finally, two members of staff braved the shave in Sony UK TEC’s Team Player Mo-ments  at the end of the month. The team raised a total of £472.

The Sony Pencoed team has also continued its unwavering support of the children’s ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital who they have been supporting for the past eight years.

Having previously raised over £100,000 along with donations of state of the art equipment, Sony Pencoed provided additional TV’s for the ward last month, along with tablets so that the children can video chat with family members who can’t enter the ward currently, and also a PlayStation 4 complete with VR headset and a selection of games.

Sian Townsend, Matron of the Children’s Ward at the Princess of Wales hospital expressed her thanks to the Sony UK TEC team for their generous donations.

She said: “Thank you to all at Sony, from the bottom of our hearts. This equipment will make a huge difference to the children who attend the hospital – adding more comfort to their stay at the hospital.

“We’re very grateful for the continued support from Sony UK Technology Centre.” 

Gerald Kelly, Director of Professional Services at Sony UK TEC, said: “We are so proud of the fantastic effort put in by our team in aid of such fantastic charities, despite not being able to fundraise in person as we usually would. This year has been extremely difficult for everyone, especially charities, and we are so pleased that we have been able to provide support and give back to causes that many at Sony UK TEC hold close to their hearts.

“We are delighted that the money we have raised will go towards supporting the incredible work that these charities do. Our team has really embraced a new way of fundraising this year and it has been an enjoyable few months for all involved and we will continue our commitment to supporting these fantastic charities in the future.”

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