Over 200 members of staff from Yorkshire-bsed ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent took part in a community day recently to ‘put something back’ through volunteering on projects in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Nidderdale.
The whole company, including managers, installers, surveyors, production and office staff, worked together in teams of 10-15 people to carry out various projects across the local area. This included clearing the gardens at Horticap, community singing for the elderly people with Dementia Forward, a charity car wash for Saint Michael’s Hospice, preparing a sunflower garden for the hospice as well as promoting the charity’s upcoming You’re Inspired corporate challenge, raising money for the homeless, with a nearly new sale, litter picking and clearing the gardens at Fountains Abbey and creating arts and crafts to sell at Henshaws’ Arts & Crafts centre in Knaresborough.
The activities were arranged by EnviroVent as part of the Investors in the Community initiative that brings together individuals, businesses and good causes in order to provide a positive impact on society.
Andy Makin, managing director of EnviroVent, said: “It was absolutely wonderful to be able to give our time to a number of local community projects. We are very much about our values, our commitment to each other and also to the wider community and we also had great fun on the day! Our staff found it very rewarding and motivational and it is great that we were able to help to make a difference for so many people in the community.”
One of the projects involved planting sunflowers at Saint Michael’s Hospice as part of the Sunflower Memory garden. ‘Say it with Sunflowers’ invites the community to dedicate a sunflower plaque in memory of a loved one and make a donation to Saint Michael’s Hospice to help the charity care for more people. The involvement of EnviroVent staff enabled the hospice to create a sea of sunflowers ready to welcome the community to an open garden event.
Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the EnviroVent team, who brought their skills, energy and enthusiasm to support Saint Michael’s.
“As longstanding members of Saint Michael’s award-winning Guild of Patrons, EnviroVent continues to invest in local hospice care, and we are delighted that this commitment is shared by the company’s staff. The support of EnviroVent is a fantastic example of how businesses can benefit from rewarding team-building opportunities and the chance to demonstrate their values to staff and customers, while making a real impact in their local community.”
Sam Moss, Commercial Director at EnviroVent, said: “It was fantastic to help raise money for Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate. The Sunflower Memory Garden provides somewhere that a family or friend can remember a loved one who has passed away. There was a great community spirit amongst the team and a real sense of achievement.”
EnviroVent was named Best Charitable Company at the Stray FM Local Hero Awards in 2013 and has helped to raise £35,000 for Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate over the past few years.