Notts Based Charity Receives £97,000 From Decorating Firm


A VIBRANT two year partnership between Birstall, West Yorkshire based PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland and When You Wish Upon a Star (WYWUAS) has now entered its third year, following strengthened support from PPG’s employees nationwide.

The company, which manufactures popular paint brands Johnstone’s and Leyland, has raised an incredible total of £97,105 for the children’s charity – helping to grant the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses across the country.

Thanks to the long-standing support of PPG, WYWUAS has been able to transport children away from hospital appointments, creating magical memories for them and their loved ones.

Nicola Brien, regional fundraising manager at WYWUAS, said: “The continued support of PPG is invaluable to us as it helps us to bring happiness to families during hard and emotional times.

“The funds raised will help us to create precious memories for these children and their loved ones, which remain in their hearts forever. We are delighted PPG has chosen to support us for a third year.”

Last year saw PPG donate £52,000 to WYWUAS, helping the charity grant numerous wishes and take children on an action-packed trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Paul Dowie, HR Director at PPG said: “For many years we raised funds for a number of charities in a number of different ways; but we wanted to make a bigger impact and put the entirety of our nationwide manpower behind one life changing charity.

“In 2013 we put forward a number of charities to our people and asked them to vote for the charity they most wanted to support. The resounding result was in favour of WYWUAS and we have been in partnership with the charity ever since! We are delighted to be in our third year of this partnership and hope to grant even more wishes.

“The most amazing part of fundraising for WYWUAS has been the overwhelming support we have received from our people; who have continued to run wacky races and face challenges in support of the charity.”

PPG has raised its phenomenal funds for the charity through activities including WYWUAS’s Wish Week, Coffee and Cake events and bake off challenges.

PPG is a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiberglass; its Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland division has over 15,000 employees across the country and over 190 decorating centres nationwide.

Nicola added: “Our corporate supporters are wonderful people, and their support and time really makes a difference to our work. We encourage all of our supporters to get creative when fundraising; we love to see how different businesses and individuals make events their own and have fun while fundraising.”

To find out more about how you can support the charity’s work please contact WYWUAS by email: or telephone: 0115 979 1720.