Barnoldswick firm doubles Christmas charity donation

Trisha Newmark from the Salvation Army (left) collects �800 of Christmas gifts from Pennine Tools Aerospace apprentice engineers Tara Cullen (17) and Chloe Powell (18). (S)
Trisha Newmark from the Salvation Army (left) collects �800 of Christmas gifts from Pennine Tools Aerospace apprentice engineers Tara Cullen (17) and Chloe Powell (18). (S)
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A Barnoldswick firm has doubled its Christmas charity donation in 2014 after a bumper collection.

Pennine Tools Aerospace on the Ravenscroft Business Park presented the Salvation Army with almost £800 worth of toys, clothing and gifts on Wednesday ahead of the charity’s Christmas drop-off.

Pennine Tools’ MD Bruce Meldrum put in a significant donation and then it was over to apprentice engineers Tara Cullen (17) and Chloe Powell (18) to help drive up the fund to double what it was in 2013 by collecting from colleagues, Sainsbury’s and neighbouring Ravenscroft companies Weld Smart and Metalcraft.

This was the second year Pennine Tools Aerospace has collected for the Salvation Army, after Mr Meldrum decided to donate the equivalent of his winter fuel allowance last year after hearing a similar story on the radio one morning.

Remaining funds from Pennine Tools total collection will go to the Salvation Army’s hosting of a Christmas Day dinner.

Trisha Newmark, Salvationist, said: “This is double the amount from last year for the Nelson Corps. It’s for families but we go out to Home Start in Pendle and the Pendle Women’s Refuge too.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable what this firm has donated. This is the second year and we are very, very grateful. From this week, we start on the run right up to Christmas.”