Workers boost disabled charity with ‘Big Clean Up’

Sheila Beatty (centre) from SCOPE with NPower staff and their collection bags
Sheila Beatty (centre) from SCOPE with NPower staff and their collection bags

Two employees proved they had the energy to raise funds to help people with disabilities.

Kerry Walker and Natalie Robinson organised a ‘Big Clean Up’ at the npower office in Peterlee to raise cash for disability charity Scope.

Natalie said: “It can be a hassle to go to the charity shops, as there are never enough hours in the day and if you visit the textile recycling bins at the supermarket, they are often full.

“Our ‘Big Clean Up’ event is all about making it easy, simple and hassle free - our people come to work five days a week so all they need to do is bring their unwanted items or clothes into work with them and with the help of Scope, we do the rest.

“A bag of donated stock is worth around £20 to Scope. Twenty-five bags of stock could provide information, advice and support to parents of disabled children at the point of diagnosis through Scope’s Face 2 Face service.”

Natalie and Kerry became involved with Scope after hearing about the invaluable support they provide to disabled people and their families, particularly at the time of diagnosis and in a child’s early years.

Scope provide transition services that support young disabled people with combined physical, learning and sensory impairments develop skills for independence.

The charity also provides a parent befriending scheme for families.

Sheila Beatty, manager at the Scope charity shop in Peterlee, said: “This means so much on so many levels. npower’s donations will help many disabled people and their families live their lives the way they want to.”