Beard Guildford staff launch £20k fundraising campaign to celebrate 125 years in business
Our Guildford staff have launched Beard’s 125th business birthday celebrations at Guildford Cricket Club with a fundraising drive to raise £10,000 for three local charities this year. The money will be matched by the Beard Charitable Foundation bringing the office’s targeted total to £20,000. The initiative is part of a company-wide campaign to raise £125,000 this year for local charities across the South of England.
Chosen by our 57 Guildford staff, the three charities that will benefit from the fundraising campaign are educational charity SATRO, which works with young people in Surrey and the South East; Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families; and neonatal support charity BURPS (Baby Unit’s Relative & Parent Support) which is based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Beard staff, ranging from our directors to our newest apprentices, as well as their families and friends, have planned an ambitious series of fundraising events this year including cake sales, a charity walk, a cycle ride, a charity golf day and a number of auctions.
“Giving back to the local community is really important to all of us at Beard, and our 125th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to get stuck in,” says Guy Hannell, our regional director at Beard in Guildford. “These three fantastic charities do some great work in our local area and I’m delighted that our staff have chosen to support them. We have loads of great fundraising ideas for 2017 and I’m really looking forward to helping raise money for these very worthy causes.”
The Beard Charitable Foundation was set up last year by the Beard family to provide funding support for Beard employees in their charitable and community pursuits across the South of England. It also makes grants of around £20,000 annually, as well as strategic donations to local charities for projects which promote construction industry careers.
Our Guildford team is currently working on a £1.6 million scheme at Guildford Cricket Club to extend and refurbish the pavilion. The project is due for completion in September this year.
“BURPS is delighted to be named as one of Beard’s nominated charities and the fundraising work that Beard is organising is hugely appreciated by all the staff, parents and babies on the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital,” says Rob Bell at BURPS. “It will assist us in buying crucial medical equipment which is essential to ensure the Neonatal team can continue to provide the exceptional care that every new-born baby deserves.”
Dawn Ray, CEO of SATRO, says: “We have been fortunate to enjoy the support of Beard both financially and through the participation of its staff as volunteers for a number of years, during which time we have developed a fantastic working relationship. We very much look forward to continuing to work with them, helping us to develop and deliver programmes that inspire young people with regards to careers in the construction industry.”
Anne Carey, corporate fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, says: “It is fantastic Beard is celebrating its 125th birthday by supporting charities in the local community, and we are chuffed to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries. Beard has been supporting Shooting Star Chase for a number of years and its help means we can continue caring for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, in both Surrey and London.”All news