HPP raises funds for children affected by Ukraine conflict

Staff at Oldham-based HPP have helped raise more than £1,000 for children caught up in the Ukraine conflict.

Workers at boards and furniture fittings manufacturer and supplier Hill’s Panel Products raised a total of £1,069, which will be donated to Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Its appeal is providing funds to support the 7.5 million children in Ukraine who are embroiled in the growing humanitarian crisis cased by Russia’s invasion of the country.

The fund-raising day was the idea of HPP managing director Keith Wardrope. He said: “The war in Ukraine is causing an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s children. We wanted to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, especially the children, which is why we chose Unicef as the charity. We felt that it was only right that we did something to raise money to do our bit to support those who have been forced to flee their homes.”

HPP workers were asked to donate £2 and to wear the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag for the day at its Scottfield Road site, where the company had organised a cake sale, barbecued food and sold money-raising scratch cards.

To help raise as much as possible, web developer Stuart Rose and content administrator Matt Baker toured the site with buckets.

The barbecued food was provided by web marketing assistant Mark Staines, while he and marketing coordinator Amy Fairbank helped to cook and distribute food from a charcoal grill placed just outside the HPP trade counter.

Fairbank said: “We had a really successful day and managed to raise over £1,000, which is great. We were lucky with the weather for the barbecue, which made the day even better.” 

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