Beard Charitable Foundation Update

After the third meeting of its board, the Beard Charitable Foundation (BCF) is well underway, having committed £14,200 to eight charities selected by Beard and its employees. Going forward, the Foundation has also committed to support Beard’s wider year of charitable giving during its 125th year of trading, with a pledge to contribute to monies raised by each of the offices for their selected charities, with a total contribution of around £40,000 towards the overall £125,000 target.

The seven charities supported by Beard staff and backed by the foundation during its first year include:

 

Heartbeat Trust (BCF donation of £1200) – Defibrillators for Cricklade Community Centre:

Liz Anderson, Beard’s HR & Training Manager, held a charity music night and rugby match to raise money for five defibrillators for the community. Liz’s husband sadly suffered from a cardiac arrest last year but was saved by some quick- thinking colleagues and a defibrillator; this inspired them to raise money to save others who might suffer the same fate.

 

Cancer Charities McMillian & Bright (BCF donation of £1200):

Joachim Daniel, an Assistant Quantity Surveyor in our Guildford office, and his family held a family fun day in support of Bright and McMillan. They aimed to raise awareness and funds following the sad loss of his mother-in-law who died from a rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile duct).

 

Sobell House hospice (BCF donation of £8000):

Dean Averies, Oxford’s Construction Director alongside his colleagues at the Oxford office pledged to raise money for Sobell House, a hospice dedicated to providing specialise palliative care to adult patients and their family, friends and carers. The Foundation agreed to support the Oxford team in their fundraising activities. Fundraising was kicked off by a race night. Further events included a jailbreak event and a half marathon.

 

Nasio Trust (BCF donation of £1000):

Alan Beard suggested that the foundation support a local Oxford charity, The Nasio Trust. This charity combines helping underprivileged children in the Oxford area with working to make life-changing differences in areas of Kenya, two amazing aims which the foundation were keen to support.

 

Prospect Hospice (BCF donation of £1500):

Paul Bassett, a Property Services Project Manager in our Oxford office has taken on the task of raising over £17,000 over the coming year for Prospect Hospice following the support and end of life care given to his wife during her battle with cancer.  Paul began his fundraising efforts with a Zumba dance class, which raised over £1,000.

 

Martlets Hospice (BCF donation of £800):

Darren Humphreys, a Contracts Manager in our Guildford office, successfully completed the Brighton Marathon, raising monies for Martlets hospice, who provide a vital service within the local Hove area.

 

Children’s Air Ambulance (BCF donation of £500):

Chris Jeffcoat, a Design Manager for our Oxford office, successfully completed the London Marathon in April this year, raising monies for the Children’s Air Ambulance, a charity which regularly save lives and provide vital support to children in times of need.

 

We are delighted that the Charitable Foundation has been able to make a positive contribution to supporting such worthy causes and look forward to supporting more in the future. We hope the foundation’s contribution of £13,000 so far, together with the money raised by the individuals, can make a real difference to the chosen charities and we look forward to making further grants in the future.  It is especially pleasing to be able to support our employee’s individual fundraising efforts and to be making an impact to support our local communities.

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