Sellafield Ltd has announced that The Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund (CKDCF), which works with children in the Egremont area, is its charity for 2007.

The fund was formed in 2002 by local musician Francis Dunnery in honour of both his parents with the sole aim of raising funds for children’s health and educational needs in and around his hometown of Egremont.

The CKDCF is a unique organisation in that it has no paid members and takes no money for administrative costs, which means 100 per cent of the income it generates goes directly to the children’s causes it supports.

Since its inception in 2002, the charity has raised tens of thousands of pounds for children’s schools and The West Cumberland Hospital.The money raised has made an incredible difference in the health, wellbeing, and education of children in need.

CKDCF charity fundraising weekends are held annually in West Cumbria and include a host of events such as a sponsored walk, golf tournament, pop quiz and an auction of celebrity memorabilia.

The events are co-ordinated by Mark Andrews, who works at Sellafield in the Mox Demonstration Facility and Development Labs.

Mark went to school with Francis, and the pair have remained firm friends ever since.

Cheryl Ireland, community relations officer for Sellafield Ltd, said: “We have a charity of the year every year and the fact that we have chosen the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund this year is testament to the hard work that one our employees, Mark Andrews, puts in to raise funds for it.

“The work that the charity does is fantastic, and we are delighted to be able to support them.”

CKDCF will receive £2007 from Sellafield Ltd, cash generated over the course of a series of fund raising events held by employees over the year. Next year the chosen charity will get £2,008.

Cheryl added: “We started the charity challenge in 2000, and have donated every year since. We are currently looking for suggestions for the 2008 charity.”

Published in Sellafield News