A YOUTH counselling service has been hand selected to receive a £5,000 cash windfall.

Employees at Mondelez International in Reading picked No5 Young People to receive the substantial grant from The Cadbury Foundation.

No5 was nominated by Catherine Franks, who said: "One of our colleagues, Lizzie Lee, was a devoted trustee and counsellor at No5 Young People up until her death from cancer in 2014. As a site we try to honor her memory by continuing to work closely with the charity.”

The cash will be used to help young people struggling with mental health issues and will fund therapeutic games and toys.

Lorraine Bloor, fundraising officer at No5, said: "Being awarded this grant of £5,000 from The Cadbury Foundation means so much to the charity. With this donation, we can buy new counselling materials and improve our outreach work.”

The Cadbury Foundation was set up in 1953 to recognise the work of Richard and George Cadbury and their investment into local communities.

Kelly Farrel, community affairs manager at Mondelez International, added: "We’re extremely proud to be able to support the charities that are important to our employees through our ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ scheme.

“No5 Young People provides an invaluable service, and last year helped over 200 people. We are delighted to know that with The Cadbury Foundation’s help, they can reach even more people.”