FOUR women’s charities have received a total of £16,000 from Vauxhall Motors workers.
Staff at the Ellesmere Port car manufacturing plant split the cash between Ellesmere Port Women’s Service, Chester’s Women’s Aid, the Amadudu Women’s Refuge, Liverpool and the Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre for Women in Merseyside.
The cash was raised through a raffle at a gala evening organised by Vauxhalls, in which the top prize was a new Astra.
The inaugural celebration of International Women’s Day in the North West was celebrated with a gala evening in June at the Hillbark Hotel in Frankby, Wirral.
A spokeswoman for Vauxhall’s parent company, General Motors, said: ‘The evening was a huge success, and helped raise much-needed funds for the four local charities.’
The cheques were handed to representatives of the groups at Vauxhall’s production site in North Road.
Chester’s Women’s Aid plan to spend their share of the cash on outside play equipment, toys and after-school activities for children at their centre.
Women at the centre will benefit from the donation via gym membership and sports activities, improved IT facilities as well as support with training and education.
Amadudu also plans to spend their donation on installing an outdoor play facility.