The Island's largest software company, PDMS, has raised more than £10,740 for charity at a black-tie dinner to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

"We wanted to mark this milestone in the company's history with a special celebration - one that not only left us with happy memories shared with clients and suppliers but also enabled us as a company to give back something to the community that we have been a part of on the Isle of Man for the past 20 years," said managing director Chris Gledhill.

PDMS rounded up the sum raised on the night so that 10 Isle of Man charities each received £1,100. The charities, which were all nominated by PDMS staff, were: Save the Children, Housingmatters Isle of Man, Craig's Heartstrong Foundation, SportErin, Victim Support Isle of Man, Hyperbaric Chamber, Junior Achievement Isle of Man, Rebecca House, The Children's Centre and Southern Befrienders.

The celebration, which was months in the planning, ran into a last-minute glitch when the venue had to be changed to The Place Hotel after the fire at the Mount Murray Hotel.

"We would like to thank everyone involved in making the event such a success, especially those very supportive local companies who provided some great raffle prizes and auction items," said Mr Gledhill.

Over the past two decades, PDMS has donated more than £250,000 to local causes and provided £250,000 worth of services in kind.

PDMS Cheque Presentations

Pictured at the handover of the commemorative cheques are, from left:

Mike Bromwich - PDMS
Juana Warburton- The Children's Centre
Vaughn Paddock - Sport Erin
Lorna Terevethan - Southern Befrienders
Paula Lunt- Craig's Heartstrong Foundation
Dean Cooke -  Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber
John Cuddy- Save the Children
Neal Mellon - Housingmatters

Front row (left to right)

Katie Nicholson - PDMS
Sue Cook- Junior Achievement
Terri Cook - Rebecca House Hospice
Paula Gelling - Victim Support Isle of Man
Chris Gledhill - PDMS
Joanne Pontee - PDMS

For more information:

John Sherrocks 404965
Joanne Pontee, PDMS 664000