As we come to the end of another year, albeit a year like no other, it is the perfect time to reflect on the past twelve months and how we have managed to pull together as a team to get through it. In what has been a particularly challenging year, we are proud to have made sure that we have maintained our work with charities throughout the year, to offer some support in these tough times. Together as a business, we have collectively supported at least 12 separate charities.
Our donations began in February with a £500 donation to Sussex-based charity Taylor Made Dreams which helps children with critical illnesses fulfil their bucket lists. In the same month, we donated surplus bricks from our Windlewood development to Grow 19, a further education college for students with special educational needs. In September, we donated £1,100 to Macmillan Cancer Care by holding Macmillan Coffee Mornings for our site teams at Bakers Field in Cliffsend, and at our upcoming development Heartenoak Meadows in Hawkhurst. We also make a donation to the Heart of Kent Hospice every December, instead of sending Christmas cards as a business.
This year we have also sponsored a number of organisation including the Cranleigh Cricket Club for the second year running, providing branded match shirts for all league matches, from youth teams to the adult men’s first team. In March, we were the lead sponsors for the Heart of Kent Hospice’s annual Maidstone Road Run, with three members of our team taking on either a 5k, 10k or 21k challenge. Raising £385 for the hospice, Assistant Project Manager Charlotte Cox completed a half marathon, whilst Senior Site Manager Luke Thomas and Assistant Project Manager Clive Turner bravely took on a 5k and a 10k challenge.
But it hasn’t just been a team effort – we also have some very special individuals in our team that have undertaken individual projects this year to help charities close to their hearts. During the first national lockdown, our Customer Service Technician Andy Salter took on a virtual bike ride, cycling the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Wisdom Hospice in Rochester. He cycled 18 miles a day across 75 minutes, to complete a ride of 874 miles, and raising a total £1,164!
Another member of our team, security Site Manager Sean Thompson, made the decision to organise a charity football match against Spurs Legends in aid of two incredible charities: Mind and Rock2Recovery. Following his own struggle with mental health and being a military veteran, the aim was to raise money to help support the mental health of his fellow veterans. Unfortunately, the match couldn’t go ahead this year, but it has been rescheduled to 11th July 2021.
I am extremely proud of our work as a business to help all these charities, and I would like to thank my colleagues for their enduring support. I would also like to extend a very Happy Christmas to all of the charities we have supported this year. We sincerely hope that 2021 is a better year for you all and look forward to continuing our support in the future.
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