<p>The credit crunch has seen charities affected in a way like never before. More people are unable to give to charities like before as money is becoming increasingly tight which is causing concerns for charity organisations throughout the UK. Given the current economic climate it is refreshing to see a company which are still doing all they can to support their local chosen charity – DRL Limited continue to make a difference to the Bolton Lads and Girls Club during these tough times. DRL are a leading provider of white goods, with their brand <a href="http://www.AppliancesOnline.co.uk">www.AppliancesOnline.co.uk</a&gt; being the largest online supplier of kitchen appliances in the UK.</p>

<p>The Bolton Lads and Girls Club aims to help young people discover their true potential, helping them to develop into considerate and caring adults while supporting them through difficulties in their lives. John Roberts, CEO of DRL Limited is a patron for the Bolton Lads and Girls Club and is heavily involved with the charity. His understanding and involvement to the cause has been passed down through the business and the staff of DRL Limited do all they can to make a difference to the local charity. </p>

<p>Every month staff at DRL Limited contribute to the charity through their wages, the Payroll Giving scheme is so successful that the company received a gold award from the government for their contributions through the scheme. Each month over £1300 is donated through staff wages – a regular and steady donation which helps the charity to buy essential equipment and support the local children. In return for their monthly contributions staff at DRL has a ‘Dress Down Friday’ every week where employees wear their own clothes rather than usual office attire. </p>

<p>Other fundraising activities include the Great North Run, which raised £655 in July 2008 along with other runs and bike rides throughout the year which bring in various amounts of sponsorship money from participants. A more controversial fundraiser was the naked calendar produced in 2007 containing images of staff posing in various situations - carefully concealing them where necessary. The calendar was a huge success raising over £3000 for the charity in addition to other donations.</p>

<p>The Beer festival is held every year in aid of the Lads and Girls Club where local businesses and their employees attend for an evening of guaranteed enjoyment. In 2008 there were 220 guest beers from around the world and 120 DRL staff attending – the amount of money raised was exceptional. The Lads and Girls Club also held a boxing night in January 2009, staff at DRL were more than happy to help out with waitressing and helping to sell tickets raising a fantastic £20,000.</p>

<p>Another way in which the club helps local children is through the mentoring program, staff at DRL Limited are actively involved in mentoring, meeting weekly with a young person to give support and guidance offering a positive role model for them. Katherine Williams, an employee of DRL mentors a young person and meets with them every week, speaking about the scheme Katherine explains, ‘the Bolton Lads and Girls Club mentoring project is vitally important as it offers dedicated and stable support to local vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young adults, helping them to make positive and hopefully permanent changes to their lives’.
<br />The Bolton Lads and Girls Club are without a doubt a big part of DRL, seeing the impact that contributions make to the club and the positive affect which is seen through the 3000 children which visit the club every week is incredibly rewarding for members of staff. The next few years will be tough for any business, charities rely on donations and fundraising events to support them which is why DRL have not lost sight of the importance of continuous contributions and will be hand in hand with the Bolton Lads and Girls Club through these tough times.

Published on: 8:28AM on 12th February 2009