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Supporting the wider community 

Supporting our communities and local heroes during these difficult times

Visors for key workers

When we found out that a local school, King Henry VIII, were making protective visors for the NHS, we were so impressed and touched by their caring actions. Then we heard that they had a shortage of plastic for the face shields, and knew straight away that we could do something to help.

We’d recently changed the way we do some things to reduce our impact on the environment, and as a result we had a store of plastic acetate films that we weren’t going to use. We got in touch with the school’s tech hub and they were delighted to receive all of our stock. With it, they could make 1,300 extra visors to protect NHS staff from the risk of infection.

Not only that but we then got in touch with one of our suppliers – Commercial Group – to see if there was any other old stock that could be used up. They immediately sent us 10 packs of film, free of charge, which meant the team at King Henry VIII could make 1,000 more visors.

We’re so proud we can make a difference to those who are looking after all our health in these difficult times.

More news from our community caring initiatives

Donating from a distance

Normally we’d like to be out and about in our communities, doing things like reading with schoolchildren and helping to sort donations in the foodbank, but of course that’s impossible right now. Instead we’ve been doing what we can in other ways, including through pledges and donations to charities that are helping our communities during the pandemic. We’ve donated:

  • £5,000 to Coventry Foodbank
  • £10,000 to Heart of England Foundation’s COVID-19 emergency fund
  • £20,000 to Coventry Citizens Advice

And we've pledged to match everything raised (up to £5,000) for our heartland hospital, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

We’re at the heart of our communities

Stationery for (home) schools

As many schoolchildren get to grips with working from home, we’ve been in touch with a local primary school to discuss the challenges they're facing and how we could help. They told us that electronic learning isn’t an option for many of their families, and the children had completed the work they’d initially sent home, leaving them with little to do. Their caring staff were getting concerned about some of the year groups and the impact this was having on their education.

We’ve offered them £1,000 to help pay for maths and English workbooks to be sent out to all the children who need them, and we’re also working on a plan to get stationery and notebooks from our suppliers to those who need it. If this all works as we hope, our staff have volunteered to put the packs together, ready for the schools to deliver. 

And we have community at our heart

IT colleague steps up to the challenge

Our colleague Aaron Kirkham from the IT department has completed the Three Peaks Challenge since we went into lockdown. Don’t worry, he’s not been outside doing any non-essential trekking about and worrying the mountain rescue teams. He hasn’t even left his house to do it.

Aaron ingeniously worked out how many steps it would have taken him to climb up and down those three famous peaks, and instead did the same number up and down his stairs. Raising over £600 for his local hospital University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, Aaron’s fundraising was then matched by Coventry Building Society. 

Find out more about the other great work we do in the community