�22k gift for charities from Royston firm

MORE than �22,000 has been gifted to good causes and charities by Royston’s biggest employer.

Johnson Matthey presented eight organisations with a share of �22,500 from its Royston site Community Donations Fund to deserving bodies.

Deb McGarrity, site co-ordinator, said: “In today’s financially squeezed times it is more important than ever to support charities which do such vital work. “As the largest local employer we take our responsibility towards society seriously and have always been very proud of our links with the local community. “This year, in addition to donating to larger charities such as these, we look forward to offering continued contributions to smaller causes and supporting local Businesses.”

Royston Community Hub, Greneway School, Royston Arts Festival, MAGPAS, Home-Start Royston and South Cambs, The Garden House Hospice, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and The Sick Childrens’ Trust all received cash

Colin Roberts, of The Garden House Hospice, said: “Johnson Matthey’s donation will be used to support our biggest fundraising event of the year – Starlight Walk 2012, over 500 women will be taking part in the six or 10 mile walk on the night of September 8, supported by more than 100 male marshals to keep them safe .

“This year the street lights will be switched off as part of the local authority cost saving measures this give the Garden House Hospice a real problem, having to supply additional generators and lighting will increase our costs and Johnson Mattheys generous donation will more than cover these additional costs and enable us to maximize the return to the charity from this very special event.”