Last year the award-winning scheme saw 30 Furness charities benefit from a share of the £27,000 donated by shipyard employees in 2011. More than £350,000 has been donated to local charities in the 16 years the Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme has been running.

The deadline for nominations from registered charities wishing to benefit from the scheme this year is close of play this Friday (30 September 2012).

Joe Sides, GAYE chairman and Senior Planning Manager at BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, said: “I am proud to be involved in this scheme which sees a significant number of our employees donate money directly from their wages every month to support their local community. At the end of the year the cash is pulled and distributed to our agreed nominated list of charities at our annual award presentation ceremony. I would encourage as many charities as possible to submit a nomination to become a beneficiary of the scheme – but get them in quick as time is running out.”

Among the 2011 GAYE beneficiaries were:
•    Lindale based Kidsafe UK who put their award towards training teachers to carry out their child protection programme in primary schools throughout Furness, aimed at enabling children to recognise unsafe situations
•    Ulverston Inshore Rescue who used their grant to help train in-house trainers and avoid the cost of sending their volunteers away on courses
•    Abbeyfield’s grant replaced the wireless door closures on their sheltered housing units, to improve safety and ensure regulatory compliance.

Other donations went to: St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston, Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness (HEFF), North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) Girl Guiding South Cumbria, South Cumbria Dyslexia Association; Community Hall at Grizebeck; Ulverston & District Disabled Club; Parkinson’s Disease – Furness Branch, and many, many more.

The application process for 2012 is due to close on 30 September 2012 and all applications from registered charities based within the Furness area need to be addressed to: Joe Sides, BAE Systems, 1st  Floor Yorkon building D53, Barrow–in–Furness, LA14 1AF. All applications must detail the registered charity number.

Issued by:
BAE Systems, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384719 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947
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