The Giving Something Back programme encourages depots to give something back to their local community by supporting local causes that are important to our employees.
We are keen to support causes that are close to our employee's hearts in addition to our recognised company charity, Hospitality Action. This programme enables us to support local charities, causes or clubs by getting involved in local events via donations, sponsorship or volunteering our time.
To date, we have donated £26,142.03 through our Giving Something Back Scheme.
Here are a few examples of what we spent the money on:
Our Thetford depot donated £300 to the Priscilla Bacon Centre in Norwich in January 2017.
Sadly the partner of one of their drivers was terminally ill and went to the Priscilla Bacon Centre to be cared for during what turned out to be her final four days. The centre look after patients and help partners cope and come to terms with the future.
Olleco Thetford also supported Wymondham Town Football Club veteran’s team with new uniform for this year and next.
Olleco Southampton donated a hamper for Bitterne Primary School Summer Fun Day. The money raised is used to treat the children to ice creams, subsidise school trips and improve the school grounds, etc. This year they are raising money for sun shades for the playground in the form of coloured sails which will make a real difference to the children during the summer.
Alderbourne Rehabilitation Unit in Uxbridge look after people following strokes, head injuries and degenerative diseases. Charli Fisher, CSA at the London depot, has a strong connection with the unit and asked if they could donate a laptop for the ward to use as currently they have to share a laptop with the main hospital. Anthony Beal, GM, and Charli visited the unit in 2016 to present the laptop to the team and were given a guided tour of the ward by Dr Nair. The tour highlighted the effort and inspiration that goes into making their patients enjoy a life that is as independent as possible.
In 2016, after watching a programme about children suffering from undiagnosed heart failure in schools, our North East depot could not think of a better way to support their local community. Each year, 8 pupils die from this condition so they decided to supply a defibrillator to the Joseph Swan Academy in Chester-Le-Street as part of the Giving Something Back scheme.