TWO organisations received a huge financial boost after a kind-hearted donation from an engineering firm.
Bosses at Heerema in Hartlepool donated thousands of pounds to good causes after they raised cash through a company scheme which sees them rewarded for meeting targets.
The company had already donated more than £7,000 to three worthy causes in the town and now generous bosses have donated almost £7,500 more to two different charities.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association received £5,000 from the company’s charity pot and £2,790 was donated to the Seaton Crusaders Special Olympics Team.
The Seaton Crusaders group was only set up at the beginning of this year and is a club aimed at giving people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities the opportunity to play sport.
The club, which meets at various points around the town once a fortnight for training sessions, did not have any kits or equipment before receiving the donation.
Mike Sengelow, chairman of the club, said the “tremendous” donation will put the Crusaders in a comfortable position for years to come.
He said: “I wrote to Heerema asking if there was any possibility they could help us out at all, but no way did I expect a donation like this.
“It’s a huge amount of money, a tremendous gesture.”
The club, which has 13 members aged between 16 and 52, is only currently offering football sessions, but is aiming to extend to other sports in the future.
Mike said as well as buying some kits for the team, the money will also help with other equipment and travelling costs.
Staff at the Motor Neurone Disease Association were also extremely grateful for the donation.
Spokesman Mel Barry said: “We are very grateful to Heerema for raising such an outstanding amount for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
“The money they have raised will help us provide a vital role in caring for people affected by this devastating condition and fund much-needed research to help find a cure.”
Christine Parkes, finance supervisor at Heerema, said: “At the beginning of each project Heerema staff are given safety targets.
“If they meet targets, money is then made available for charity donations.
“Safety is foremost to the company so it’s a double bonus for us.
“It’s fantastic to be able to help local causes.”