Firm’s fundraising is on the cards

Left to right, Russ Green, Mick Sumpter, John Martindale (from the hospice), Lee Dees (MKM) and Geoff Hainsworth (West Hartlepool Rugby Club). Front (left to right), Pools mascot H'Angus, Mandy McKay (hospice sister) and Liam Bailey (rugby club) at the launch of the charity scheme
Left to right, Russ Green, Mick Sumpter, John Martindale (from the hospice), Lee Dees (MKM) and Geoff Hainsworth (West Hartlepool Rugby Club). Front (left to right), Pools mascot H'Angus, Mandy McKay (hospice sister) and Liam Bailey (rugby club) at the launch of the charity scheme

KIND-HEARTED building bosses are supporting three town organisations with the launch of an innovative scheme.

MKM Building Supplies will be donating a percentage of sales to Hartlepool United Football Club, West Hartlepool Rugby Club and Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The firm, in the town’s Burn Road, has designed three cards which residents can pick up.

All customers then have to do is present their card at the till in store and the company will donate five per cent of the sale to the organisation of the individual’s choice.

The new scheme has been running for a couple of weeks and company bosses say it is already proving a success.

Mick Sumpter, 50, a director at MKM Building Supplies, said: “There were so many charities and organisations in Hartlepool which we would love to support but we decided on the three for this scheme.

“All people have to do is bring their card with them from the organisation they are supporting and we will donate five per cent of any sale.

“It doesn’t matter what they buy or how much they spend, it will all add up and at the end of the year we will make the donations.”

The money donated is to be put to good use. The rugby club will use the funds to help them in their bid for a new clubhouse on its premises in Hartlepool’s Catcote Road.

Talented footballers in the town will also benefit as Hartlepool United plan to put the donated funds to the Youth Development Programme.

Dave Picken, a board member at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, said: “We really do appreciate what MKM are doing for us here.

“We have five men’s teams, a new ladies team and all of the youth teams and this money will benefit them all, that’s a lot of rugby players.

Russ Green, chief executive at Hartlepool United, said: “I think it is an innovative idea to link up with a local business and raise funds for our youth development programme.

“It is a scheme that is not going to cost fans anything apart from their purchases from MKM. We then receive a percentage of the sale.

“It is a fabulous gesture from MKM working together with ourselves, West Hartlepool Rugby and the hospice and a big thank you must go to Mick Sumpter and his staff.”

The hospice relies on public donations all year round and bosses have thanked MKM for the support.

Sandra Britten, director of information systems management at the hospice, said: “We are delighted with the support we are receiving from MKM Building Supplies.

“In these difficult times we know that five per cent of every purchase represents a significant proportion of their profit and we cannot thank them enough for choosing to support the work of the hospice in this way.”