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Ovamill makes £40,000 donation to Centre 81

Posted on September 8, 2020

Great Yarmouth charity Centre 81 has received the largest private donation in its history – a cheque for a “staggering” £40,000 from building contractors Ovamill.  The company, whose headquarters is in Beccles, said the donation was in recognition of the charity’s work for disabled and disadvantaged people during the pandemic crisis and throughout its 39-year history.

Mark Everard, director of Ovamill, said successful companies should feel a moral duty to support charities like Centre 81 and other organisations that played roles in their communities. “A great many people would be lost without the work of Centre 81 and its amazing staff, and we are delighted to support them,” he said.

Diana Staines, Centre 81’s chief executive, said: “This is a staggering amount of money for a charity like ours to receive and every single penny will be put to good use for our members. It makes us feel truly appreciated and I can’t thank Mark and his colleagues enough for their huge generosity. Receiving a donation of this magnitude has made us all feel valued and, indeed, quite emotional at such a difficult time for our members and staff.”

Mr Everard said: “Covid-19 has been a life-changing experience for people but for most of us it hasn’t been life-threatening. This is not the case for many of the vulnerable people who use Centre 81’s skills and activities centre and community transport service, lots of whom have suffered from terrible isolation and anxiety while they’ve been shielding. This is our chance to do something that we know will make a real difference to a charity which is very close to our hearts.

“This is a time for successful companies to show their support for charities, sports clubs, youth groups and other local organisations, many of them run by volunteers. And I would urge them to do it, as a donation of any size is not just a source of financial help but an important show of support and appreciation for the work these organisations do, often in very challenging circumstances.”

Ms Staines said: “Donations from companies are an incredible boost to the morale of our members, staff, volunteers and trustees. They show that the charity sector isn’t forgotten by busy people who run successful companies. “Mark and Ovamill are truly amazing supporters of Centre 81. Their thoughtfulness and their desire to encourage more businesses to support the work of our charity and others reflects a company with compassion at its core.”

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