Hatton-based charity gets funding boost from Cadbury Foundation

The charity was one of seven to get a grant from the foundation

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:30 am

A Hatton-based charity has received a funding boost thanks to the Cadbury Foundation.

Molly Olly's Wishes were one of seven charities from across the Midlands to have been chosen by employees at Mondelēz International sites throughout the region, to receive a donation.

Guide Dogs in Birmingham, Molly Olly’s Wishes, Scope4SEN in Derbyshire, Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide and Friends of Herefordshire Alzheimer's & Dementia Sufferers have each been granted £5,000 from The Cadbury Foundation, while Birmingham-based Kingfisher Foodbank and St Anne’s Hostel each received £2,500 from the Foundation, as part of Mondelēz International’s ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ scheme.

Molly Olly’s Wishes were one of the seven charities to receive a grant. Photo supplied

Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

The charity works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional well-being as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

Rachel Ollerenshaw, of Molly Olly's Wishes, said: "This donation is very welcome in these difficult times to enable Molly Olly’s to continue to help children with life threatening illnesses.

"The pandemic has made what were already challenging circumstances for families even tougher and we are very grateful to The Cadbury Foundation for their support.

"The wishes and therapeutic toys that these will help provide can make a very real difference and help emotional well-being.”

Each year, the company’s employees are invited to nominate charities or projects close to their hearts, with the final shortlisted charities voted for by the wider work force.

Georgia Evans, an operator at the Bournville-based factory, nominated Molly Olly's Wishes, which will use the donation to grant individual wishes and provide therapeutic toys and books to children and to hospitals across the UK.

The Cadbury Foundation was set up in 1935 in recognition of Richard and George Cadbury and their investment in the welfare of their employees and the local community.

Across the entire ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ campaign more than £95,000 has been donated to local charities close to the hearts of its colleagues.

Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, said: “We’re extremely proud to be able to support the charities and projects that are important to our people through our ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ scheme.

"We’re delighted to know that with The Cadbury Foundation’s help, all of the charities can continue to provide invaluable support to local people in need.”