Paint giant helps make kids' wishes come true

Paint giant helps make kids' wishes come true

YOUNGSTERS facing life-threatening illnesses can have some of their dreams come true thanks to a Birstall firm. 

PPG Architectural Coatings, based on Huddersfield Road, have raised £97,105 for the When You Wish Upon A Star charity over the last two years.

Staff achieved the huge total through activities such as wacky races, cake sales and bake-off challenges.

The cash will help the charity take seriously-ill children on dream trips like meeting Santa in Lapland or Mickey Mouse in Florida.

Already some of the funds from PPG have paid for an action-packed trip to the Warner Brothers Studios in London.

While there children got a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter films.

PPG, which is best known for brands including Johnstone’s Paint, employs about 15,000 people across the UK.

HR director Paul Dowie said: “For many years we raised funds for a number of charities in a number of different ways.

“But we wanted to make a bigger impact and put the entirety of our nationwide manpower behind one life-changing charity.”

Nottingham-based When You Wish Upon A Star won a poll of employees to find that cause.

Founded in 1990, they have granted 16,000 wishes, from swimming with dophins to meeting the Red Arrows.

A recent wish saw a 14-year-old boy who needs heart and lung transplants taken to Disneyland Florida for a magical holiday.

The charity's regional fundraising manager, Nicola Brien, said: “The continued support of PPG is invaluable to us.

“The funds raised will help us to create precious memories for these children and their loved ones, which remain in their hearts forever.”

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