Corporate charities benefit from amazing £17,000

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve raised a staggering £17,000 for our two dedicated corporate charities throughout the year.

Despite living and working under COVID-19 restrictions for much of the year, our colleagues have really rallied together to raise much needed funds for both Action on Dementia Sunderland and St Benedict’s Hospice.

The two charities, which are both based in Sunderland and spend 100% of their funds in the city, were selected as our corporate charities for 2020 by our 1100-strong workforce following a Group-wide vote.

Gentoo’s Nigel Wilson with St Benedict’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, Lisa Finnon.

Colleagues have managed to raise such a significant amount of money by running various COVID-safe fundraising activities across our offices and depots throughout the year, including raffles and bonus ball competitions, as well as setting up a popular payroll deduction scheme.

Our Employee Forum, which represents the views of colleagues from across our organisation at executive level, recently agreed that Gentoo would rollover its support for both charities into 2021.

Gentoo Group Chief Executive, Nigel Wilson, said:

“I am so proud of what colleagues have achieved during such a difficult year for everyone, but particularly for charities and fundraising. These charities were voted for by colleagues and we are aware of the vital role they both play in Sunderland by providing important services to local residents. It was a pleasure to hand over the substantial cheques to both Ernie and Lisa, and we look forward to supporting both charities once again in 2021.”

Ernie Thompson, Chair of Action on Dementia Sunderland, said:

“We cannot thank Gentoo enough for its support and generosity. This is a huge amount of money and by far our biggest donation of the year. Our charity’s sole purpose is to provide people suffering from dementia and their carers, with a physical support network. Sadly, due to COVID-19, we have not been able to support any of our clients in person for many months. These vital funds will help us to keep the charity running, and to ensure it can continue providing much needed support to our clients virtually, and once we’re able to, in person.”

Lisa Finnon, Community Fundraiser at St Benedict’s Hospice, said:

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Gentoo and its employees. It’s a huge amount to have raised given the situation we have lived through this year and on behalf of the hospice and patients, I would like to say a massive thank you. Like all charities, St Benedict’s has really struggled with fundraising during 2020 and the money raised by Gentoo will support the hospice in continuing to deliver vital care to local residents in Sunderland.”

To find out more about Action on Dementia Sunderland, visit:

To find out more about St Benedict’s Hospice, visit: