Working with Charities

The Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust had an amazing year in 2023, raising a fantastic £519,000 - our best ever!  This much needed funding will support some of the wonderful charities and organisations undertaking vital work in communities local to our vehicle plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, as well as our Engine Plant at Deeside in North Wales.

Funds are raised in a variety of ways, with the main source of income being generated from our Lean Approach Seminars. 

Employee involvement in the community is encouraged and, where appropriate, the Trust offer financial support through a number of channels. For example:

  • Members who undertake a sponsored activity on behalf of a charity are able to request Member Match-Funding, where the Trust will match up to £1,000 of any sponsorship raised.
  • Members who have an active role within a charity or community group are eligible to apply for funding of up to £5,000 - see the Member Grants page for more information.
  • Members are encouraged to volunteer, in their own time, for worthy projects local to where they live. Funding of up to £2,000 is available to support this type of activity.
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In 2017 we were extremely proud having raised £305,407.37 which benefitted many worthy causes in and around the local communities of Burnaston and Deeside.


Our members are also encouraged to support the Trust and they have done so in many wonderful and wacky ways

Activities have ranged from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to showing off their favourite Christmas jumpers at work by contriburing £1 to the Trust.

Describing himself as an adrenaline junkie, Ian from our Facilities & Environment team climbed 19,341 feet (5,895m) to scale the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the World. In doing so, he raised a staggering £5,000 (including £1,000 Member Match-Funding) on behalf of Rainbows Hospice - the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people living with a life-limiting condition.

Using contacts built up during his 28-years at Toyota, Ian was able to raise more than double his initial fundraising target. An amazing achievement Ian!

From daredevil climbs to dare devil jumps!  Darryl from our Paint & Plastics Division undertook a tandem freefall parachute jump.  Raising a fantastic sum of £5,000, including Member Match-Funding, for another great charity – the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association (BLESMA). 

Well done Darryl!

Sharon from Quality Assurance undertook a memory walk, having sadly lost her Dad last year.

Trotting for Trev raised over £600, including Member Match-Funding, for Alzheimer’s Society - another wonderful charity.

You did your Dad proud Sharon – well done!

Rhiannon Garvey & Hazel Clint organised an 80's disco for Children with Cancer UK.

Everyone got into the spirit of it and dressed up. Outfits ranged from Adam Ant to Madonna and even Guns n Roses gate crashed the party.

Many Toyota members enjoyed the night which raised £1136, plus Toyota Member Match Funding of £1,000.

Dave Wall from Assembly ran the Manchester Marathon on behalf of the Derby Hospitals Combined Day Unit. The charity is close to Dave's heart as his mum was diagnosed with myeloma and the unit is where she received weekly chemotherapy.

Not only did Dave complete the course in a very respectable 4hrs 2mins, he also raised £675 along the way, not forgetting his Toyota Member Match Funding of £675, so a fantastic total of £1,350 for a very worthy cause. He said "it was the hardest run I've ever done - when crossing the finish line I was filled with so many emotions".

Well done Dave!

Dave Richards ran the London Marathon on behalf of the charity VICTA. As part of his fundraising activity, Dave ran a sweepstake based on trying to guess his finishing time, which was 5 hours and 13 minutes + 26 seconds!

After finishing Dave said "I survived! It was a fantastic occasion - iconic landmarks, great atmosphere - and I can definitely recommend it for those who are interested, although it's time to draw a line under my own short-lived marathon career I am very grateful for everyone's kind donations and encouragement".

Victa is a charity that provides access to opportunities that build confidence and self-esteem in children and young people who are blind or sight-impaired.

Dave raised over £2,500.00, including member match-funding.

So many exciting activities and all done to raise vital funds for much needed charities and organisations, enabling us to continue to support our local communities.