Regardless of how many people they employ from their local area, businesses are an important part of the community they reside in. Business involvement with local charity and support groups can provide meaningful partnerships. From raising funds and awareness or even offering employee volunteering it’s a great way to give something back.
This Christmas we’re supporting our local communities in a more personal way. Each site has nominated two charities to receive Christmas funds. This is in lieu of sending Christmas cards to our clients and contacts.
Here’s a run-down of who our business is supporting for Christmas 2019.
Winterbotham Darby, Redhill
Loveworks, based in Reigate runs two busy foodbanks in Merstham and Woodhatch giving out food parcels and energy top-ups to families in need. From July 2018-19 they’ve seen an 85% increase of users – giving out 1,470 food parcels (15,300kg of food). The majority of this came from donations of food that would equate to £30,000.
Throughout the year, we support the Loveworks foodbanks with regular food donations from staff. We also donate money raised from staff food giveaways. Our total for 2019 sits at around
In addition, a number of staff volunteer for the charity and we support their annual corporate golf day
Wildlife Aid Foundation
The Wildlife Aid Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Since 1980 the charity’s veterinary wildlife hospital in Leatherhead, Surrey deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. They were the focus of Wildlife SOS on Discovery Channel’s ‘Animal Planet‘.
This Christmas we are also donating dog and cat food, dog toys and a range of other essential supplies that they need on a daily basis, to keep the foundation running.
One of our colleagues regularly volunteers here.
Deli Solutions, Clitheroe
East Lancashire Hospice
For over 30 years, East Lancashire Hospice has continuously provided a special way of caring to people suffering from life limiting illnesses throughout Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, carrying out charitable action by working at the heart of communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. They offer practical support and services to all who need them, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Their work includes: homelessness, modern slavery, poverty, addiction, influencing social policy & older people
Helen & Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House is a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families, in Oxford. They provide round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment. They’re a comforting cocoon filled with laughter, a peaceful place where families can create happy memories in their last days, weeks, months or years together.
One of our colleagues has raised funds for this worthy cause on a separate occasion.
The Hummingbird Cancer Support & Therapy Centre
The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre is a relaxed place for cancer patients, whatever stage throughout the cancer journey. It is a place to go along and share experiences by having a chat over a ‘cuppa’ and realising by talking to others you are not on your own. As a charity, it is a free resource, funded by the community of Bicester and surrounding villages.
Wishing all of our clients, suppliers, partners and the local community a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020.