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Published Thursday, 30th June 2016

A donation of £1,500 has been made to When You Wish Upon a Star by Remploy Employee Benefit Trust which acts on behalf of staff who own 30% of the company.

four remploy staff holding a cheque for £1,500

The coffers of a charity which grants wishes to seriously ill children have received a £1,500 boost thanks to a donation by staff at the Hamilton branch of Remploy, Scotland’s leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people.

The donation to When You Wish Upon a Star has been made by the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust which acts on behalf of staff who own 30% of the company. The Trust this year received a 30% share of the company’s profits, half of which has been allocated to good causes.

Remploy staff at the company’s recruitment branch in Hamilton nominated the charity as their charity of the year and the cheque for £1,500 was presented to Margaret Rowarth, When You Wish Upon A Star’s Regional Manager for Scotland, at the Hamilton branch today (27 July).

When You Wish Upon a Star makes the wishes of children living with a life threatening illness come true. The charity was founded in Nottingham by Barbara White who was so inspired by a seriously ill four year old with a dream to meet Mickey Mouse, that she wanted to bring smiles to the faces of many more brave and courageous children. Since 1990, When You Wish Upon A Star has  granted over 16,000 Wishes across the UK.

Margaret Rowarth said: “All the money that Remploy staff have donated today will be spent on wishes all over Scotland. This year we also have the Scotland Wish Appeal going on so we have many wishes in Scotland happening at the moment. The majority of the children we support have life-threatening conditions so this money will be very well spent.”

Christina McKelvie,  MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse who presented the cheque, said: “ It’s fantastic that the Remploy Hamilton team has selected When You Wish Upon A Star as their charity and hopefully this funding will make a huge difference to everyone involved.”

Each of Remploy’s 66 local teams around Britain was allocated £1,500 to give to mission related good causes and charities which work to help transform the lives of disabled people and those with health conditions..

Kathryn Wood, a trustee of the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust, said: “This year we expect to help over more than 100 local charities and on Employee Ownership Day on Friday (1 July) our colleagues across the country will start voting to choose one national charity to receive a £50,000 donation.”

Remploy, which used to be government-owned, moved into the private sector in April 2015 in a joint venture with MAXIMUS a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Remploy employees were gifted 30% of the joint venture company, a shareholding which is in the care of the Employee Benefit Trust. 

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Picture caption: L-R Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse; Louise McNicol, Assistant Business Manager for Remploy Hamilton; Liz Roberts, Remploy Service Delivery Manager for the West of Scotland; Margaret Rowarth, Scotland Regional Manager for When You Wish Upon A Star

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Notes to Editors:

  • Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
  • Since 2010, Remploy in Scotland has found almost 12,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
  • It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service