Festive baubles on an innovative Christmas tree are showing just how a little fundraising idea which has benefited charities can go far.

An idea in 2012 to charge staff at Snodland based South East Water 50p per personal parcel delivered to reception has so far collected more than £10,000 – half of which has gone to WaterAid.

Among other charities in the area which have benefited are the Kent Air Ambulance - £147, East Kent Hospitals - £390, Breast Cancer Kent - £380, The Kent Autistic Trust - £443, The Royal British Legion - £612, Kent Sports Trust - £617, Five Acre Wood School - £300, Heart of Kent Hospice - £200, Movember - £45, MacMillan Cancer - £215, British Heart Foundation - £256, Demelza House - £311, Williams Syndrome - £525, Imogen’s Wish - £304, Wisdom Hospice - £310, RSCPA - £287, Guide Dogs - £478, Demelza House - £290, S.A.N.D.S - £403, Customer Care - £757, Mind - £300, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice - £200, Demelza House - £100.

To mark the £10,000 milestone post room staff have handmade individual festive baubles to hang on their Christmas tree showcasing the all the charities which have benefited from contributions this year.

Behind the initiative is Anna Sabine, Customer Service Adviser. She said: “We were amazed when we started making the baubles just how many charities have received a donation from our 50p fund.

“Everyone here is so supportive of the idea and as we are the ones who have to take delivery and organise collection we feel this is making the most of our efforts.”

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