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WRL Glass Media Ride to Bloodrun’s Rescue

Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor
Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

WRL Glass Media is providing much needed support for life-saving charity, Bloodrun EVS after choosing it as its official charity for the next twelve months.

The company, part of Ward Recycling, has kick-started its relationship with the donation of an iPad mini, which will be up for grabs at a special auction on Bloodrun’s stand at Teesside Airshow on 29 August.

 Over the course of the year WRL Glass Media will continue to support the charity with a series of donations and fundraising activities that will help Bloodrun to maintain its valued service provision.  

Teesside-based WRL Glass Media is aiming to establish itself as the premier supplier of recycled glass media in the UK and Europe. It has increased its market share for its Shot Blasting Products with customers swapping from grit or plastic products to environmentally-friendly recycled glass for the first time.

The company’s more refined processed glass, which is used as a cost-effective and cleaner replacement to silica sand in swimming pool filtration systems, is enjoying strong export growth with more than 30 percent of its products sold to customers in countries including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, France and Iceland.

The ability to meet this substantial growth in sales has been made possible by WRL Glass Media’s investment in its facilities in South Bank, Middlesbrough.

Its 32,000 sq. ft. Glass Beneficiation Plant, located adjacent to Ward Recycling’s main household recycling facility, is part of a £3.2million investment that was supported by a £500,000 grant from Let’s Grow – a £30 million Regional Growth Fund programme operated in partnership with Trinity Mirror Group, BE Group and UNW LLP.

To meet demand, the company has already built an additional 5,000 sq. ft. £450,000 glass clean up extension, which was opened by the former Business Secretary Vince Cable earlier this year.

Bloodrun Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS) is a Blood Bike Charity established in 2010 to provide a free urgent courier service to North East NHS Hospitals and Trusts. The charity is staffed by unpaid volunteers who offer their time to provide the service to the NHS with the purposes of saving the NHS money and providing a reliable and professional transportation service.

 Gareth Godwin, manager at WRL Glass Media, said: “Bloodrun EVS and its volunteers provide a vital support service to the NHS free of charge and rely solely on goodwill and donations to continue operating. This is why we’ve chosen to commit to supporting it for the next 12 months and help to support its operations. It’s a great cause and I would urge other businesses and local people to also support them and the amazing work they do across Teesside.” 

Rob Adams, Chair at Bloodrun EVS, said: “The commitment by WRL Glass Media means a great deal; it will allow us to continue to our life-saving service, which over the past five years has helped thousands of people in the region’s hospitals.”

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