On the 12-16 June, employees from around the business volunteered their time, got out into their local community and lent a helping hand to a whole range of different causes across the globe.
At Ashfield, our impact on society forms a large part of the Ashfield Way. We can have a positive influence on our community in lots of different ways, but this year our focus was on Ashfield Cares and giving something back to the many societies we operate in.
Here’s just some of the things they got up to:
- In our head office in Ashby employees had the opportunity to volunteer at the local Air Ambulance shop, or give a helping hand to improve Burton Hospital through improving the entrance, creating a memory room and holding a tea party for patients.
- Colleagues in Spain put on their trainers to walk/run/bike 152.39km to raise funds for two local charities
- Employees in Macclesfield, UK, spent time with local charities to understand what they do, and what they could do to help. There were also some busy knitters, making bonding squares for premature babies at the Neonatal Unit in Macclesfield District General.
- Our Ivyland office in the US had some fun in the sun with Hope for Harvest donating time harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income families.
- In the Nordics, employees cleared their homes looking for things to donate to homeless shelter Convictus and to the Red Cross. Whilst they visited, they spent some time with the volunteers and talked about the organisation and the challenges they face.
- The London Ashfield team provided some much needed help at a council led adventure playground in Clerkenwell, which provides supervised play worker-led sessions for local children. This included redesigning a sandpit, painting and fixing a play shed, removal of weeds, rubble and junk as well as painting the interior play area, kitchen and hallways.
- Three employees from CMIC Ashfield in Japan visited a local food bank where they donated and helped with the sorting of food already gathered.
- Across Ashfield Healthcare Communications in the US a competition commenced. By walking, running, skipping, or riding a bike they managed to collect over 900 miles which were turned into monetary donations given to Shot@Life, ALS Association and Stand Up to Cancer.
And still to come…
- Ireland pledged to a have a volunteer day on Friday 7 July in Barrettstown House – a respite centre for families with terminally ill children
- The Indianapolis office will be volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank sorting, packaging, and preparing goods for families on August 3rd
We want to say a huge congratulations to everyone that got involved and looking forward to carrying on volunteer work for the rest of the year.
During our Impact on Society Week, we also marked World Blood Donor Day on 14 June with the launch of our ongoing awareness campaign to the importance of donating blood.
Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer with a higher quality of life, supports complex medical and surgical procedures and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds which are all too familiar at the moment with recent tragedies including Manila, Manchester, Stockholm, London, Paris, and Istanbul this year.
It is important that we don’t wait for these situations to occur and that there is a constant supply available for whenever it is required. Not only that, blood only has a short shelf life so we need to make sure we are giving often.
At Ashfield, we would like to do what we can to help improve lives and as blood is something that unites us all, we are proud to be supporting such a campaign. Look out for more updates on how we get involved in the coming months.