Volunteers week is an annual celebration for the millions of people volunteering their time and great efforts throughout the UK. Unfortunately, the usual timeline of what would happen during this week has shifted due to the impact of COVID-19 but that hasn’t resulted in the volunteers being forgotten.
We are reflecting this week on the efforts of those we have worked with, who have volunteered their time and to thank them for their commitment…
While installing Emergency ITU Bed Bay Systems at two NHS community hospitals, we worked alongside fantastic volunteers who dedicated their time to support the NHS with the demanding response the pandemic had caused. The commitment has been three times higher than initially targeted which is an admiring response from the public to this crisis.
Design Director Julie takes time out every year to Help the Homeless at Christmas with last year being a fantastic success, providing an incredible 360 dinners for the homeless. With the help of several contributors donating food, money, essential items and presents, the spirit of Christmas really does encourage a giving character.
Hosted by Maplesden School and their health and social care students who volunteer to spend time with those who attend to talk, drink tea and eat cakes. We attended the first cafe and are sponsoring all future cafes so they can be held monthly. Unfortunately, the cafe is shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will reopen on Tuesday 7th July between 1pm-3pm.
We worked with Holy Family Catholic School to raise money for previous clients of ours, Heart of Kent Hospice. Students of the schools across Maidstone took part in the fundraiser of an Elmer the Elephant themed Poetry Competition. It was a trumping success with 7 winners who wrote wonderful poems and great feedback which you can read here.
Gavin is a Scout Leader and has been continuing his duties in lockdown, while furloughed. Each week he has been sending out scouting activities and challenges for his pack to do, going LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday to stay in touch with them and attending Zoom Pack meetings every two weeks.
5th June is World Environment Day and Scott has volunteered to run 5k in June, raising money for the homeless aged 16-21 in Manchester and London. Unfamiliar with distance running, he will be pushing himself to achieve his own personal goal of running 5k while supporting a fantastic cause.
While furloughed, Sarah has signed up to the Innocent Smoothie’s Big Knit which raises money for Age UK. She has been sent a starter pack and is teaching herself how to knit via Youtube tutorials so that she can knit the Innocent Smoothie hats that go on the smoothie bottles later on in the year.
Support for Local Businesses
We have and will continue to support our community in every way we can and we are currently supporting businesses who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We have 10 ways for businesses to return to work better than ever with all of the Government guidelines in mind.
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