Chemical company to repeat record year of £40k in donations

Pupils from Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School with Daniel Marr of Airedale Chemical and an inflatable solar system

Community groups and charities are looking forward to receiving a share of donations from a Yorkshire chemical company, following a record year of £40,000 in donations in 2021.

Airedale Chemical, based in Cross Hills gave £40,000 away last year through its charitable arm, the Airedale Foundation and plans to do the same in 2022.

Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice, Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School, children’s football facility Soccerhub, Ilkley Rugby Club, Steeton Football Club and Keighley Cougars Rugby Club are among some of the organisations that received donations last year from Airedale Chemical, along with several defibrillators donated and installed around the local area.

Group chief commercial officer of Airedale Chemical, Daniel Marr, said: “Our local community groups are extremely important to us and we feel lucky to be in a position to help the schemes and clubs that mean so much to our neighbours.

“Last year, we donated more than ever before with £40,000 going to good causes in our area and we plan to equal that amount in 2022. We’re already talking with our community partners about how we can make a real difference to their activities this year.”

Airedale Chemical introduced the Airedale Foundation in 2017 to support community groups and projects. In the last four years  it has installed defibrillators, sponsored local sports teams and even cleaned up public toilets.

One of the regular beneficiaries of the Airedale Foundation is Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School. Deputy head teacher of the school, Jill Fletcher, adds: “We have enjoyed a partnership with Airedale Chemical for several years now and the donations we have received have been great for our pupils. Books, science equipment and days spent in their labs have enhanced the learning experience for many of our pupils over the years.”

Airedale Chemical was established in 1973 and provides chemicals and contract manufacturing to markets including agriculture, dairy, water treatment and waste management.

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