Roof tile manufacturer sets £50,000 charity target

LOCHMABEN-based roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has set a target of raising £50,000 for good causes this year.

Called ‘Give 4 Good’, the project is part of the firm’s celebration of ten years of independence. The pitched roof tile manufacturer and its staff intend to raise money through a range of initiatives, including eight official company-led events as well as employee projects and match-funding programmes. Staff will also be offered paid volunteering.

Employing nearly 60 people at its Lochmaben site, the firm revealed it is focusing its support on a number of different areas, specifically education & literacy, health & wellbeing, pets & animals, and the environment.

Corporate events throughout the year will include Big Quiz, Golf Day, Bake-Off, Paddle Challenge and Football Match. Recipients of the fundraising will include mental health charity Mind, Blood Bikes, YMCA, as well as local causes such as D&G Canine, Veterans Garden Dumfries, and The First Based Agency – all of which have been nominated by staff.

Andrew Hayward from Russell Roof Tiles said, “Supporting our local communities is a core part of our values, we are committed to supporting causes and charities important to our team and neighbours. Since 2015 the team at Russell Roof Tiles has pulled together to fundraise for local charities close to their hearts.

“Over the past seven years we have raised over £113,000, so to bring in £50,000 in one year alone is a huge target, but I’m certain we’ll achieve it with the help of our customers, partners and suppliers.”

Two staff match-funding programmes have been created to cater for team members who want to organise or take part in events, to raise money for their own charity or good causes.  If they are able to raise £1,000 for their own event, RRT will donate a further £1,000.

Since 2015, Russell Roof Tiles has supported 33 different charities and causes local to its Lochmaben and Burton on Trent sites. It has hosted 39 fundraising events and, over the years, the company’s Annual Big Quiz alone has raised over £22,550 while its charity golf tournaments have raised over £28,000.

The company has raised nearly £25,000 for Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes, a volunteer-led organisation that provides hundreds of runs every month to provide essential delivery services of lifesaving medical supplies and vital blood samples.

The first company event this year will be a Bake-off style event, due to launch in April.