A Sunderland company which operated throughout the coronavirus pandemic has given a much-needed boost to local charities.
Thompson Waste Centre at The Parade in Hendon has recycled a staggering 10,000 tonnes of waste during lockdown, repurposing everything from timber to glass to help protect the environment.
And company owner Anne Ganley has now pledged to give £10,000 to local charities in the coming months – £1 for every tonne of waste.
Anne, who has supported numerous charities over the years, has already given her first donation of £1,500 to St Benedict’s Hospice.
Anne said: “It’s been a very hard time for businesses during Covid-19 so those who support local charities may understandably not have been able to give them any funds.
“We’ve been in the fortunate position that we have been busy throughout and have recycled a huge amount of waste and we want to give something back to help organisations which are having a really tough time.”
Anne also will now be giving out varying amounts to charities and organisations which need support over the rest of the year, as well as lessening the environmental impact caused by waste by recycling.
A spokesman from St Benedict’s Hospice thanked Anne and Thompsons for their on-going support.
He said: “All of her kindness is hugely appreciated here at St Benedict’s Hospice. Right now the charity is facing one of the most challenging periods of our existence, with such huge income generating events such as the Great North Run, our now annual skydiving event and even our annual charity Sunflower Ball are all affected by Covid-19 and unable to go ahead.
“For a hospice that touches’ lives of an estimated one in three people across Sunderland, we rely heavily on the generosity of people like Anne to ensure we continue to deliver our services across the region.”
Thompson Waste Centre recycles around 97 per cent of the waste it receives and is constantly looking at new ways to lessen the amount which goes to landfill. The company also runs a highly successful skip hire service, which again has been extremely busy over the past months, from both residential and commercial clients.
Among the products it is able to reuse is timber that goes to powerplants to help with energy production, bricks which are used by the construction industry and plasterboard which is used in farming.