2023 has been a BUSY year when it comes to, well everything.
When it comes to our Corporate Social Responsibility, we came into the year with BIG ambitions. We wanted to do more than ever for our community and our city, and we’re very proud to say that our team has absolutely SMASHED it!
In no particular order, these are our CSR Successes of 2023
Over the year, we took on six new Apprentices as well as celebrating Nathan Heron as our Apprentice of the Year. Nathan was also recognised by Stoke-on-Trent College as one of their Apprentices of the Year and made the final of the Housing and Building: Mechanical and Electrical category of the APSE Apprentice Awards 2023
In February, we entered a team into the Lord Mayors’ Charity 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Unitas FC (who had never played together before) came THIRD – out of twenty-five – and won the prize for the most goals scored on the day, helping then Lord Mayor Faisal Hussein to support his two chosen charities, Brighter Futures and The Hubb Foundation.
Cancer Research UK
Our Chosen charity for the 2022/23 year was Cancer Research UK. By way of clothing and household items collections, sponsored events, sales and a LOT of baking, we raised over £8,000.00 for the vital work they do.
Over the summer, we visited Ash Green Primary School in Trentham to create a vegetable garden and worked with some of the children to make bird boxes and bee hotels.
Manna House, which provides food, clothing and care for the homeless and vulnerable, is our chosen charity for 2023. Over the course of the year, we’ve donated 100 Easter Eggs and we’ve helped to facilitate renovations to their kitchen.
We also took part in the Potters ‘Arf on behalf of Manna House, raising over £400.00 between our eight runners and walkers.
Over the course of the year, our team have given up countless lunchtimes to litter-pick and tidy the area around our Northwood Depot. We’ve collected over 30 bags of rubbish and ensured that the paths in and around River Trent Park stay clean and tidy for the many walkers who use the area.
Helping Hands is our community fund, raised from the sale of scrap metal. Community projects and charities based in Stoke-on-Trent can submit an application for our help at any time and for any project. During 2023, we’ve given cheques to:
Baddeley Green Hedgehog Rescue Centre
Ball Green Bulldogs Under 15’s Football Team
Milton Under 12’s Football Team
Stoke Amateur Theatre Society