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Charities cash in on council pay
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Council workers have been donating money from their pay
Generous council workers have raised 5,000 for charity by simply donating the odd pennies from their pay packets.

Staff at the Isle of Wight Council have been giving a maximum of 99p from their monthly net pay for the past 18 months.

There are now 836 members of staff signed up to the Pennies from Heaven scheme, which has benefited a number of local charities.

They include the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the Island's Women's Refuge and the Kerry Green Trust.

Pennies From Heaven is a national payroll scheme devised by two insurance brokers as a way for firms and their employees to back charities.

Councillor Reg Barry, who has been backing the campaign on the Isle of Wight, said: "Not many of us would really miss a few pennies each month from our pay-packet but such a small commitment is raising so much money for these worthwhile causes."

The final figure is likely to rise to 6,400 once the government's gift aid donation of 28p in every 1 is added.

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