The Alcan plant in Northumberland is shutting down, but the employees are giving a third of the money normally used for social events to help a local boy get a life-changing operation in America.
Archie Anderson has cerebral palsy and the money could help him walk more easily.
Archie's mum spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about her delight at the donation that means Archie can now travel to America for treatment.
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