A READING company has raised more than £2,000 for the NSPCC.

The money is enough to pay for a Childline counsellor's training, which will allow more calls to be answered.

The amount was raised at Drivers Direct's annual charity ball.

The team raised £1,250 and the company then matched the funds, bringing a grand total of £2,500.

Gethin Roberts, owner and managing director at Drivers Direct, said: "Each year the team selects a charity to support and this time we were delighted to support the excellent and important work that the NSPCC does.

"The team all had fun, gave generously and we're pleased to be able to raise such a meaningful amount."

The NSPCC relies on the public to fund their work in helping to protect children across the country.

Janette Drew, community fundraising manager at NSPCC, said: "We would like to thank Drivers Direct for their generosity in donating £2,500 to support our work in helping some of the most vulnerable children across the UK.

"Our work depends so much on public donations, and it's only through the efforts of companies and individuals like Drivers Direct that we can reach as many children as we do – whether through our schools service, Childline, Helpline or in our service centres helping children recover from things no child should ever have to endure."