Tech firm hands £5,000 grants to small charities

Technology firm Opencast has handed 10 charities grants of around £5,000 each to mark its tenth anniversary.

The charities have been selected by the Tyneside based company’s staff to share £55,000 to be handed to good causes.

Those benefitting include Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, food distribution charity FareShare UK as well as housing and homelessness charities Berwick Youth Project and Depaul UK.

Environmental charities Full Circle Food Project and Trees for Cities have also received grants as have CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and BlueSky Trust, which supports people living with HIV.

Hope and Homes for Children and Homes of Promise are international aid charities to benefit for the funding that represents 2.5% of the firm’s profits.

The grant of £5,091 to each charity follows a previous award of £50,000 to 17 charities.

Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland is involved in distributing the grants.

In this our 10th year we wanted to give all our people the chance to have a say in choosing which charities should benefit from our donations.

“Although we are headquartered in Newcastle, we now have offices – and team members – across the UK and we wanted to reflect that in our donations.

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