Here’s a round up of some of the charity work our team carried out over the Christmas period:
Hampers for Shepherds Bush Housing Group Foundation
We donated two hampers to the SBHG Foundation which were hand delivered to two of their oldest residents – both of them are 101 years old and still living independently! Mr Shaw, one of the residents, has been a tenant for over 40 years, moving into house in 1980. He was very happy and grateful for his hamper, saying “Thank you so much, it’s a lovely gift”.
Jon Keane, Ian Williams’ Business Manager presenting the hampers to SBHG’s Director of Assets, Francis Narweh.
Dress Down Friday’s provide family resources for Homestart Teignbridge
Throughout 2019, the Templar Homebuild office start donated £1 for a dress down day every month. The team decided to help Homestart with the proceeds by donating equipment to the local Newton Abbot ‘Monday drop in play session’ some much needed kit. This group offers families a place to enjoy a mobile free zone where chatting and socialising is key. The children also experience the ability to socialise in a friendly safe environment and eat snacks at a table with all their friends.
At the group’s request, we purchased five booster seats to enable the younger children to sit safely and independently at snack time, and two new Little Tykes cars to replace the existing one which was overdue for retirement.
Our Birmingham team on Christmas Jumper Day
Head Office raffle
This year’s head office Christmas raffle raised £516 and the Ian Williams Foundation will be matching their donation.
For the third year running we supported the Longfield Hospice Christmas Tree Collection campaign. Last year they collected over 2,500 trees – more than twice the 1,000 target – from across Stroud district, Cirencester and Gloucester, and raised £22,000. Our aim was to help them beat this result and donated three of our company vans in support. Once collected, the trees are then recycled and all proceeds go towards providing specialist care for Longfield’s patients and their families at a desperate time of their lives. We are awaiting the final results, but it was certainly a busy run for the team undertaking the campaign.
A sustainable gift
Just before the break, we pledged our support to The One Tree Per Employee initiative which aims to help grow a quarter of a million new trees in Bristol by 2030. Delivered under the banner of Replant Bristol, a catalyst group comprising the Forest of Avon Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust, our contribution will see almost 860 new trees being planted – a sustainable gift that perfectly reflects our commitment to helping the environment wherever we can.
The holidays may be over but we hope our fund-raising efforts will continue to have positive impacts and lasting legacies throughout the year.
For more on the Ian Williams Foundation: https://www.ianwilliams.co.uk/ian-williams-foundation/