Supporting charities and groups that are meaningful to our team members, clients and the wider community has never been more important. From raising money for hospices to sponsoring book festivals, our teams came together for some fantastic local causes over the past 12 months – and we plan on keeping up that momentum as we move into 2019.
At the start of 2018, we sponsored the annual Beaumond House Community Hospice Winter Ball. It was a fantastic evening of dancing and delicious food! The cherry on top was finding out that almost £16,000 was raised for the hospice!
We also turned blue as part of the Beaumond House ‘Be Bright Blue’ Campaign, which challenged teams to raise as much money as possible in 50 days, starting with a £50 note. Our Newark team baked cakes, hosted a tuck shop and wore their brightest blue clothes – plus some very fetching blue wigs – to raise over £200.
The money will go towards much-needed refurbishments to patient areas to create a better environment for visitors. Ian Phillips, our deputy managing director is also a long time supporter and director of the hospice. His time and dedication to the continuation of such a fantastic cause has made a real difference to many lives.
Earlier in the year, the entire community was touched by the death of six-year-old Daniel Harris. To celebrate his life, we joined schools, businesses and organisations across Newark in a #dabfordaniel. The dab was Daniel’s favourite dance move and there are now videos all across social media of groups dabbing in his memory.
During the summer months, we added to the sea of yellow sweeping Newark to help the family of little Liam Andrew raise half a million pounds for medical treatment. Five-year-old Liam was diagnosed with a rare and incurable brain tumour and ever since, his story has made a huge impact on the community.
Though he’s no longer with us, Liam’s story touched all of our hearts and we were proud to raise £800 for the #Love4LittleLiam campaign.
The popular Newark Book Festival gave us a chance to support and celebrate books and authors at venues across Newark for adults and children alike. 2018’s festival explored the theme of Landscapes in Literature and we’re already looking forward to another successful event this summer.
Networking for young professionals – particularly in smaller towns – is a great way for the next generation of business leaders to establish connections and establish professional relationships. Francesca from our Newark team organises a regular gathering, NYP, and we’re delighted to be its main sponsor, while I’ve also been proud to sit as vice-chair of Newark Business Club. Both organisations help people share valuable experiences and knowledge while supporting the community and it’s been great to see them grow.
Over the festive period, we celebrated the season of giving with a Christmas present appeal. Each of our 11 offices accepted new and unused toys and gifts for children who are supported by Lincolnshire County Councils social care teams.
Looking back on 2018, the lives of many people in Newark have been enriched and made better thanks to the efforts of the community and our colleagues. As a business, we’re all proud to have been a part of it all.
Simon Shaw, director