Council staff raise money for Malvern children’s charity with clear out day

Staff at Malvern Hills District Council have been taking data seriously as they recently took part in a charity clear out day.

Employees at the council reviewed and cleared out information stored on paper and electronically as part of their ‘Throw away Thursday' event, which took place on Thursday 6 August.

A recent report from Big Brother Watch revealed the scale of data breaches that take place by local councils on a daily basis. During the period 2011 to 2014 Malvern Hills District Council were found to have no breaches at all.

Staff also took the opportunity on the day to wear casual clothing and sell cakes to raise money for local charity Malvern Special Families, where they raised £100 altogether.

Malvern Special Families are based in Malvern and provide safe, stimulating and fun social activities, as well as giving parents/carers a much needed break from their caring responsibilities. The charity was chosen by the council's Staff Forum.

Maria Munday, Malvern Special Families Business Manager, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that staff from Malvern Hills District Council chose to raise money for our charity, it was a lovely surprise to us.  

"We rely heavily on donations from community fundraising events to help us, the money raised from Malvern Hills District Council will go towards vital play and learning equipment and day trips out for the children."

Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We take data security very seriously here and we are proud that we have had zero data breaches. The various procedures, processes and security measures that we have in place are of an extremely high standard.

"It is wonderful to know that we could take the opportunity to also contribute to a very worthy charity."