Charity / Sponsorships

Charitable Giving at Tobermore

By Megan Reid
May 27, 2022
5 min read

Tobermore support a large number of charities and organisations from a variety of sectors across the UK and Ireland, donating approx. £8 million in the last 5 years.  

Tobermore have given generous donations to various charities and organisations already this year.  


Tobermore remains a longstanding supporter of local charity, Barnardo’s NI, with donations now reaching over £300,000. These much-needed funds will no doubt make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people, and their families across the UK and Ireland.  

Working directly with over 100,000 children and young people each year in Northern Ireland, offering over 50 services and delivering educational support programmes in 200 schools, Barnardo’s NI is currently the largest children’s charity in Northern Ireland. Alongside their many fundraising events across communities, schools and shops, they heavily depend on donations. 

Michele Janes, Head of Barnardo’s Northern Ireland and Mukesh Sharma Chair, Northern Ireland Advisory Board visited Tobermore and met with Managing Director, David Henderson to thank him for the generosity of the company.  

Michele was happy to share with David some of the ways in which Tobermore’s donations have been used. One of which was helping to fight digital poverty during COVID. 

Michele Janes Head of Barnardo’s Northern Ireland commented, “We are delighted and very grateful for the continued support from Tobermore. Their dedication over the years has made a huge difference to the children, young people and families we support.  It was a great pleasure to meet the team this week and chat about the issues that children are facing – and how Tobermore are continuing to help.  We are looking forward to working together in future.” 

Mukesh Sharma Chair, Northern Ireland Advisory Board – Barnardo’s, “I am proud to be chair of Barnardo’s N. Ireland advisory board and delighted to have met David and the team in Tobermore this week to show our deepest appreciation of their support.  Tobermore’s substantial annual contributions to Barnardo’s makes a huge difference to the lives of children and young people across NI.” 

If you would like to help Barnardo’s Northern Ireland continue their work supporting vulnerable families, you can show your support through a donation to their crisis response work by donating here. 

The Olive Branch  

Tobermore MD, David Henderson is proud to support local mental health charity ‘The Olive Branch’ with generous £2,000 donation. The company is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its employees and wider community. These much-needed funds will provide local mental health support for those who reach out for help. As the charity do not currently receive government funding, they rely on donations and welcome all avenues of funding.  

Leoné Paul, Vice Chairwoman of The Olive Branch commented: “We would like to thank David Henderson for donating a massive £2,000 to our NW200 Business Sponsorship Gala on Saturday the 7th of May. The Olive Branch are this year’s NW200 charitable partner. We are overwhelmed by David’s generosity. Every penny we raise goes directly into the provision of free of charge professional counselling services in Magherafelt, Coleraine and Ballymena.” 

If you or someone you know need mental health support do not hesitate to contact The Olive Branch on 028 7963 3688, or email Leone at 

DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal 

Tobermore recently celebrated 80 years in business with two large company events, the perfect opportunity for the team to pull together and contribute to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. With Tobermore such a charitable company, a collection was made across both evenings with David Henderson kindly matching all donations. A total of £5,629.30 was raised.  

The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. More than 5 million people have now fled Ukraine since the conflict began, leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they now face an uncertain future.  

If you would like to donate to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you can do so here.  

  • £30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month 
  • £50 could provide blankets for four families 
  • £100 could provide emergency food for two families for one month 

Payroll Giving  

The Payroll Giving scheme provides Tobermore staff members the opportunity to regularly donate a small percentage from their gross pay/pension each month to a charity of their choice. The donations are taken from pay/pension before income tax is applied, making it a tax-effective way to give. Charities big and small, often depend on the donations from Payroll Giving for research and practical assistance for those vulnerable and in need. 

Tobermore have been awarded the Platinum Quality Mark Award from the Payroll Giving Scheme due to the level of charity contributions provided each year. The accolade was awarded in recognition of the commitment to fostering a culture of philanthropy and committed giving in the workplace. 

World Vision  

Tobermore is committed to supporting various charities through donations on a corporate and employee level. We are especially proud to partner with the international charity World Vision. 

The vital funds raised by Tobermore contribute to improving children’s health, education, water, protection and sources of family income to build brighter futures. Tobermore’s contributions continue to have a positive impact on the lives of so many people:  

  • 920,484 lives have been transformed this year  
  • 222,117 more people are healthier, happier and better nourished thanks to our health programmes. 
  • 118,313 children have access to a quality education giving them brighter future 
  • 100,000 people have been screened in Somalia for tuberculosis and treated 16,132 – helping to save lives. 
  • 580,056 people now have access to healthy and nutritious food 

Megan Reid

Megan is the Commercial Marketing Executive at Tobermore. Her role is to assist the Commercial Marketing Manager when delivering successful marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness and support sales within the professional market.