Our charity efforts this year
We often say that it is the people that make Elliott so great but often we don’t shout about this enough. Some of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Elliott is the charity work, and that is, more often than not, down to individuals. The charitable year runs from April to March and after a companywide vote, Elliott supports one National charity as well as a local charity for each depot.
Heading up the charity sector across the company is Cindy Baker. It is Cindy that makes sure everyone is aware of charity days before organising all the fun and making sure people donate, bake cakes, get running or another activity of their choice! Last year, Elliott supported Prostate Cancer UK and we were over the moon to raise a total of £9,000. Cindy is also supported by Jenny Gois and Kim Jackson with the fundraising in Peterborough.
This year, since April, Elliott has raised £3214.92 for a charity called Sands. This charity was the most popular by vote, it is a stillbirth and neonatal death society that ‘works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive; and create a world where fewer babies die.’
The charity work across the company has not only raised money, but raised awareness of this tragic but fantastic society which offers support in the most difficult of times. The depots along have raised £922.42 with various charity days. The Leeds depot raised an impressive £1640 after they took on the 3 Peak Challenge and Peterborough’s very own Mike Brooman raised a considerable amount, £652.50, when he ran the Bedford Marathon.
The local charity that Elliott HQ are supporting over in Peterborough is the East Anglian Air Ambulance. There are numerous stories of the fantastic work they have done which circulate the office which has led to a great deal of support for them on charity days.
Cindy plans around three to four days a year for the national charity and extra days for the local charity where there is usually a theme for each one. For example, on the 6th December, we have hopes that Elliott’s employees will become unrecognisable as they battle it out for Elliott ‘Goes to the Movies’.
While Cindy oversees the charity work as a whole, it is down to each individual depot’s charity representative to organise the days, so a special thanks to all of the people who put in a bit of extra time to get this done! Elaine Rastray at Nuneaton, Martin Neal in Scotland, Lisa Ridley in Thurrock, Emma Denison in Wakefield, Bev Drury in Manchester, Emma Barley in Cannock and Michaela Peters in Leeds.