March 27th, 2016



Cumbrian-based bed manufacturer, Sealy UK is underlining its commitment to the local community, by sponsoring a fundraising event at Blennerhasset Primary School in Wigton, held in conjunction with children’s enterprise organisation, ‘U Can Shine.’

Taking place on Friday 12th February, the fun-filled day saw local businesses, including four teams from Sealy, joining pupils to take part in an exciting Scalextric Race Day at the school.
In total more than £900 was raised, with funds going towards repairing the damage caused to the school by the recent floods, as well as contributing towards future U Can Shine enterprise activities.

The charity event was organised by Key Stage Two pupils, aged 7 – 11, and forms part of U Can Shine’s ongoing enterprise programme with the school, where it helps raise students’ aspirations and develop their life skills through practical projects, working with local businesses.

Sealy’s involvement came about after students Ben Parker and Kyle Fell pitched a request for sponsorship to the bed manufacturer’s HR Manager, Claire McGregor and Site Director, Mike Thompson, who were extremely impressed with what she heard.

Claire said: “Ben and Kyle gave us an excellent presentation outlining why we should get involved in the event, and it was so good, we just couldn’t say no. As such we are extremely proud to have sponsored this fun-filled event, and in turn, help give something back to the community in which we operate. Feedback from our staff has been great, with all of them having a great day.”

Shaun Weatherhead, spokesperson for ‘U Can Shine’ said: “Our enterprise programmes with schools teach children the importance of a good work ethic and give them the opportunity to work with local businesses through engaging and fun activities. It was a big coup for them to secure involvement from Sealy UK, and the children’s hard work has most certainly paid off”.

With more than 300 employees from the local area, Sealy UK constantly strives to support the local community, and this sponsorship forms part of a broader commitment towards charitable work.