Both charities were chosen as the preferred fundraising partners following a vote by our 1000 employees. Over the year ahead, we will work alongside the two charities to raise vital funds to help them deliver front line services across the city.
This will mark our third year of support for Action on Dementia Sunderland, a voluntary organisation that provides support to people who live with dementia, as well as their carers, family and friends.
We will also support Sunderland Mind, a charity that provides confidential services for those experiencing emotional and mental health problems. With a huge increase in the number of reports of people suffering with mental health issues during the pandemic, our members of staff voted to provide vital support to this charity as we head into an uncertain 2022.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group, said:
“As a Sunderland based organisation it’s really important that we use our position in the city to support local charities, and I’m delighted to announce our support for these two extremely worthy causes.
“They both provide life-changing support for residents on Wearside and everyone here is looking forward to working alongside these charities to not only raise vital funds but to support them to continue to deliver their services no matter what 2022 brings.”
Trish Cornish, Chief Officer at Sunderland Mind, added:
“I was invited to visit Gentoo recently to find out this fantastic news. The team and I are absolutely delighted to be working with Gentoo as one of its corporate charity partners for 2022. We’re both two hugely important service providers in the City of Sunderland and together we will really be able to make a difference this year. I would just like to thank Gentoo’s employees for voting for Sunderland Mind – it is very much appreciated.”
Ernie Thompson, Chair of Action on Dementia Sunderland, added:
“We were blown away to hear that Gentoo employees had voted to work with Action on Dementia Sunderland for a third year in a row. We are so grateful for the support and fundraising Gentoo has provided over the last two years. To be chosen as one of the Group’s corporate charities once again is fantastic news. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff and look forward to working with Gentoo throughout 2022.”