OVER £20,000 was provided to local good causes by Newcastle-based Allay last year and 2018 will see the company’s charitable ethos stronger than ever.

In a record-breaking year, £21,500 in total was shared between nine North East charities, and the team already has plans in place to surpass this amount in 2018.

A large sum of the total was collected as a result of Allay’s employee of the month scheme, which sees star performers select causes to support, with the cash coming from the company.

Pioneered by managing director Steven Bell, this scheme gives £10 per employee each month to charities region-wide, often with a special significance, which will continue into 2018.

Last year, the scheme led to over £18,000 making its way to charities including Forward Assist, St Oswalds Hospice, Shared Interest Foundation, Fighting All Cancers Together, Carla Lane Animals in Need, Chin Up Family Respite, Houghton le Spring Disability Centre for the Blind, Mental Health Concern and Age UK.

In an extra push to raise funds, the 120-strong team collected over £1,500 for Fighting All Cancers Together, which was doubled to over £3,000 by the company’s directors.

These efforts saw nine members of the firm’s airFair team, which specialises in flight delay compensation, complete Total Warrior 2017 – a challenging 10K obstacle course. The office was also transformed for a Hawaiian Day, where employees made a small cash contribution to come to work in their best holiday outfits.

Steven Bell, Allay’s managing director, said: “Giving to local charities is very important to the company, and we’re dedicated to supporting causes right here in the region which make such a difference to the lives of many. I’m proud that our employee of the month scheme helps our staff to make an impact on charities close to their heart, and that the team as a whole has been motivated to take fundraising into their own hands this year in what was a solid effort.”

“We’re already developing our charitable calendar for this year, with a goal of raising even more than in 2017.”

For more information on Allay visit www.allay.co.uk.