We’re committed to being good people – and that means giving back to the communities we work in. One of the ways we do that is through our charity work. In this article we’re going to tell you who our different offices have been working with in 2023, and how we’ve helped.
Our Ipswich team have been supporting SARS, Suffolk’s emergency medical charity. SARS provide specialist volunteers to help the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious medical emergencies, both in homes and at the roadside. SARS doesn’t get any money from the government, and relies on donations and fundraising.
We raised over £1,600 for this charity through a quiz and raffle which we ran in May. Gina Saunders, Project Officer at SARS, said: ‘We’re enormously grateful to the team at Pure for choosing SARS to benefit from the fantastic quiz night. The money will go a long way in helping us provide pre-hospital medical care across Suffolk, which saves lives and reduces the chances of patients suffering permanent disabilities.’
In July, our Ipswich team spent a day working at one of Ormiston Families’ sites. This charity helps families in the east of England be safe, healthy and resilient, for example if they’re affected by a relative offending or going to prison, or need help with mental or emotional problems. Our team helped clear the site and make it ready for people to move in.
Our Cambridge office chose Woodgreen to be their charity of the year. This organisation works tirelessly to provide safe shelter, specialist care and a brighter future for thousands of pets.
Our team have committed to:
- fundraise for them, and also promote them
- organise networking events to help them reach more people and share their stories
- spend time volunteering for them, for example by working in their shops or answering helplines.
So far, we’ve had two bake sales for businesses and people near our office in Vision Park in Histon. Through these, we’ve raised over £230.
Abbey People is a vibrant community charity in the Abbey Ward of Cambridge, where it works to improve the lives and wellbeing of Abbey residents through community projects. In May our Cambridge team spent the day sprucing up the site of Abbey People’s food bank in Cambridge. They gave both the building and the gardens a thorough makeover.
The day was led and planned by Jo Bromwich, our Resourcing Team Manager. ‘I’m so proud of how much our Cambridge team achieved on our charity day at Abbey People,’ she told us. ‘Everything they did was so very helpful for the charity, and made the place much more welcoming for people to visit.’
In April our Chelmsford team used their volunteering day to help Trust Links, a local independent charity aiming to improve mental health, wellbeing and the environment in Essex. They spent the day weeding and laying a new path in Trust Links’ therapeutic gardens.
In August, Rachel Thorogood and Laura Turner went to one of Trust Links’ summer tea parties to see how the garden was progressing. Rachel said: ‘It was lovely to see the difference the volunteers made to the therapeutic gardens. Lots of giant pumpkins and strawberries are growing!’
Our Norwich team used their volunteering day at Banham Zoo, which is run by the Zoological Society of East Anglia, a conservation and education charity working to connect people with nature and help sustain our planet. One of our newest Pure recruits, Aimee Pope, had this to say about it: ‘This was my first charity day with Pure, and what a day it was! We put our headsets down and picked up our gardening tools, and the staff at Banham Zoo were so grateful for all our hard work. Giving back is something that will always be close to our hearts at Pure – even when working in 50mph wind and rain.’
Our Norwich team are also planning on working with Leeway, a charity providing free and confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. It was established in 1974 with a £200 start-up grant from Norwich City Council. It now has eight safe houses and a team of more than 50 people giving advice, support and information.
Keep checking back to see how this new partnership goes.
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