£37k charity donation from Lincolnshire headquartered potato supplier

The Branston team with Lisa Fraser-Ashton, corporate partnerships manager at Rethink

Lincolnshire based Potato supplier, Branston, has donated an impressive £37,000 to charities across the UK, including £21,420 to Rethink Mental Illness, £10,710 to Support in Mind Scotland and £5,000 to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Branston has also sponsored a puppy – from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity – with a £5,000 donation to help fund the first year of her guide dog training. Staff at the Lincoln site won a company-wide competition to select the best name which was awarded to Piper, after the popular potato variety Maris Piper.

Throughout 2018, Branston took part in a variety of fundraising activities including a Century Cycle Ride, the London Marathon, the City of Lincoln 10k, ‘Branston’s Biggest Loser’ weight loss contest, Tough Mudder and staff events such as a summer BBQ, bake sales and a Christmas raffle.

Simon Telfer, HR director at Branston said: “We are particularly proud to have worked with mental health charities this year, as mental health touches so many lives. Despite accounting for over half of all lost work days last year, at a national level, mental health issues still have a lot of stigma attached.It’s great to see mental health and wellbeing being more openly discussed.

“Our links with mental health charities have certainly helped us to have more conversations on the subject and to raise awareness of mental wellbeing with all our staff. We have provided mental health training for our managers and introduced Mental Health Supporters across the business.”