North East construction and housing partnership donates £100k to Sunderland charities

A North East construction and housing partnership has donated over £100k to support charities and those in crisis across Sunderland.

The partnership between Tolent and Gentoo has given financial support to multiple schools and colleges including support with learning tools such as laptops and access to WiFi, and investing in training the students to increase their employability skills.

The donations have positively impacted hundreds of people and multiple communities by providing them with opportunities and relief aids.

Adam Hogbin, teacher at Dubmire Primary School, said: “On behalf of Dubmire, we are overwhelmed by the generosity which Tolent and Gentoo have displayed. The generous donations of laptops come at a time, when the need for virtual interactive learning is greater than ever. These laptops will be used to allow our most vulnerable children to remain supported and allow them to access all forms of homework, or if needed isolated home learning.”

Causes to support victims of homelessness, mental health, illnesses, or domestic abuse have also been supported, with emphasis on empowering women who have suffered or are suffering. Beneficiaries include, Wearside Women in Need, a charity that provides accessible community-based services to women and children at risk of, or suffering, abuse.

Tolent and Gentoo have also supported an initiative called Sangini - a weekly ‘Chai and Chat,’ group, for Bangladeshi women to help remove isolation and mental health issues, such as depression and provide a sense of wellbeing through sharing and chatting.

Joanne Gordon, Development Director at Gentoo Group, commented: “Gentoo is an organisation with a clear social purpose and our partnership with Tolent is a brilliant example of the truly positive impact our new build developments have on local residents, schools, charities and organisations.

“We’ve donated vital funding to projects that help to change people’s lives and I’m extremely proud that these contributions were made possible through our commitment to building new affordable homes in Sunderland.”

Chris Price, managing director of Tolent Living, added: “ We are one of the North East’s biggest construction companies, and we are hoping that our contribution towards the welfare of society only increases overtime as we strive to deliver social value across all our projects in the North East and Yorkshire.“

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