Staff at Swindon-based construction firm Beard have presented cheques worth a total of £5,000 to Prospect Hospice and children’s cancer and leukaemia charity CALM, following a year of fundraising.
The charities were chosen by a vote involving every member of staff at the firm’s Swindon office. Prospect Hospice provides end-of-life care services for a community of more than 300,000 in Swindon, Marlborough and north-east Wiltshire. CALM helps families that have a child receiving treatment at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, most of whom are also based in the Swindon and Marlborough area.
Beard staff held a variety of fundraising events throughout the year to reach the £5,000 total. These included:
- a golf event attended by both Beard staff and suppliers
- an Easter egg decoration contest
- a Hallowe’en event involving a pumpkin-carving competition
- fortnightly cake sales
- a ‘50:50 Club’ with staff paying a £1 entry fee each month, with half of the proceeds going to a monthly draw winner, and the other half going into the charity fund
- a ‘dress down day’ on the last Friday of every month, with a suggested £2 minimum donation
Presenting the cheques, Marc Bayley, director for Beard Swindon, said: “These are two excellent local charities who do so much to help people in our community. I hope that these funds will enable them to spread a bit more light into people’s lives.
“Beard has its roots in Swindon, going back more than 125 years. It’s part of who we are as a company to give back to our local community and it’s clear from their hard work and generosity over the last year that our staff share those values.”
Lucy Young, treasurer of CALM, commented: "We are really grateful to have been chosen by Beard to benefit from their staff fundraising.
“As a small Swindon-based charity, it is great to know we have the support of local companies and this donation will make a real difference in helping us to support children with cancer and their families."
Lisa Curtis, corporate fundraiser for Prospect Hospice, added: “I would like to thank all the staff who chose and voted for us and for all their efforts in raising such a fantastic amount of money to support our services.
“All those efforts really do make a significant difference to our patients and their families, and I would like everyone to know, that what they have done for us matters.
“We simply could not do what we do, without such kind-hearted and dedicated people as the Beard staff and organisations such as Beard leading the way in our local community, and we are truly grateful.”
Those wishing to find out more about the charities, get involved or make their own donation can visit Prospect Hospice at www.prospect-hospice.net and www.calmcharity.org
Pictured: Lucy Young, treasurer of CALM, Marc Bayley, director at Beard Swindon, Lisa Curtis, corporate fundraiser for Prospect Hospice and Jamie Harwood, operations director at Beard Swindon