Friday, 25 February 2011

Pub with pool but no pints...

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Well done to Paul Sutton, Manager at Redruth House, who’s gotten off to a fine start fundraising for Community Week. Paul was sponsored to take part in a 12-hour non-stop pool playing tournament, at his local pub in Truro. Paul raised £201 for the Handstand Appeal and Cornish Hospices. The Handstand Appeal is to help a little boy in Paul’s locality who lost his hands and feet to meningitis.

“Playing pool for 12 hours straight was really hard going – especially as we were not allowed any alcohol and had to do it teetotal! Everyone at Redruth House sponsored me and the money is going to two fantastic causes.” 

Paul Sutton, Redruth House.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Bowling for Coventry

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"Well at Coventry House we don’t waste any time getting the job done – we started our fundraising for Community Week this month! Our bowling night raised £160 from staff, family and friends, who all paid £5 to charity for the privilege of spending time knocking down pins.

We had an array of spectacular prizes on offer, awarded for Highest Score, Lowest Score and Worst Shirt of the Competition.

Ray Smith from our Returns Department walked off with the prize for the highest score - an impressive 172. We all think he's a pro, as he came armed with his own balls.

Carol Jacques from our Day Pack managed to win the award for Lowest Score at 31. We’re still not sure how she managed it, maybe it was all those energy drinks she was downing?

Liam Cottle, youngest son of Rob Cottle our Transport Manager, won the prize for Lowest Score from the youngsters who took part.

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And Steve Milner from our Day Warehouse was the proud winner of the title "Worst Shirt of the Competition". We’re thinking of issuing similar as the new style Hi-Vis jackets….

We’ve already thought about what to do next and Ray ‘Sepp Blatter’ George, our Twilight Manager, is busy organising the Football Tournament of the Year, with some excellent raffle prizes donated by local businesses. We have some other events in the pipeline too, and more on that as they take place."

- Rob Carver-Smith,
Coventry Support Manager

Coventry House are supporting the charities Baby Lifeline and The Meningitis Trust, national charities with local connections. They are also supporting the John White Community Centre that is based just round the corner from Coventry House.
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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Smiths News Community Week is launched!

From Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July the company will be holding a week-long series of events to mark Community Week, a new initiative for Smiths News employees.  We are holding this week in response to employee feedback, requesting better company backing in supporting charitable causes.

Community Week is an opportunity for all employees to get involved with their local communities, whether through fundraising events, volunteering or other activities.  The week has the full support of the Executive Management team and every location is encouraged to take part.

This year the company overall has a fundraising target to reach of £50,000.  All fundraising up to and during Community Week will count towards this target.

Each location has a Community Champion, who will be able to answer any questions you might have.  Click here for a full list of Community Champions.

As part of Community Week we are holding a sponsored Bike Ride from A to B, where a core team of riders will cycle from our depot in Aberystwyth to Bertrams in Norwich.

It’s never too early to start planning what you’re going to do for Community Week, and don’t forget you can begin fundraising earlier.

From now until July we will be posting regular updates here on how the event is progressing – so check back regularly for the latest news!