Focus: Corporate Responsibility - Side by side - Disability Challengers and Toshiba

Toshiba Information Systems UK donated £25,000 to Disability Challengers at the start of a year-long partnership in July last year. This has supported the charity's youth groups, which provide play and leisure opportunities, such as pottery, rock climbing and bowling, for young people with disabilities.

SHELLEY SMITH, FUNDRAISING MANAGER, DISABILITY CHALLENGERS

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PARTNERSHIP?

We knew that being sponsored by a well-known brand such as Toshiba was an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the work we're doing with disabled children.

HOW DO YOU BENEFIT?

Play and fun is important to all of us, but to disabled children and young people it is essential. Toshiba's year-long support of the youth groups means we can continue to organise activities to make sure disabled teenagers get the most out of life.

DID YOU HAVE ANY RESERVATIONS?

None. We're keen that young disabled people are respected and not objectified, and we felt that Toshiba understood this.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP?

We knew that this was only a year-long partnership, but we hope to work with Toshiba again - it has been a successful partnership.

ALAN THOMPSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, TOSHIBA INFORMATION SYSTEMS UK

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PARTNERSHIP?

For the past 10 years, we have been an active part of our local community in Surrey. This year, for the first time, we decided to concentrate our support on one local charity to provide maximum benefit.

HOW DO YOU BENEFIT?

We know that our money is being well spent with such an established and professional organisation. We also try to involve our staff in volunteering programmes as much as possible.

DID YOU HAVE ANY RESERVATIONS?

Absolutely not. Disability Challengers is a well-known charity in Surrey - we knew that our donation could only help further the fantastic work it has been doing to help disabled children.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP?

As planned, the partnership will end in July 2006.

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