Wage donations help SDC Trailers raise over £100k for children’s cancer charity

SDC Trailers raise �102k for Cancer Fund for Children
SDC Trailers raise �102k for Cancer Fund for Children

Toome-based trailer manufacturer SDC Trailers has raised £102,000 for the Cancer Fund for Children (CFC) since adopting it as the company’s charity partner in 2014.

MD Mark Cuskeran has praised the generosity of staff who contributed wages through payroll giving and fundraised for the cause at a series of events including Belfast Marathon and a charity cycle.

The payroll-giving drive also included staff at SDC’s sister company, MDF Engineering in Antrim, while SDC made a donation to the charity itself.

Mr Cuskeran said: “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 people (aged 0-24 years) learn they have cancer.

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, is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with positions ranging from welders, fitters, painters, joiners, mechanical engineers, accountants, sales and administration.