A YEAR of fund-raising for the NSPCC by JCB employees was crowned recently when a cheque for £2 million was presented to HRH The Duke of York. Half of the donation was made up of cash raised by employees and the other £1 million came from company chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, who had promised to match the appeal total if employees reached their £1 million target.
The cheque was presented to the Duke by Lady Bamford, wife of Sir Anthony and a vice-chairman of the NSPCC National Appeal Board. Speaking at a special reception at the company's Rocester headquarters, she said: 'All the money raised by JCB will be used to stop child cruelty in those places where we have factories.'
The Duke, chairman of the NSPCC Full Stop Appeal, paid tribute to JCB's efforts before going on to meet employees attending the reception from the company's factories in Rocester, Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Rugeley and Wrexham, who were involved in the fund-raising.