In 2016, a group of 6 employees based at our National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, formed a charity team, to brainstorm and implement fundraising activities to support a variety of local charities. In 2017, the group continued to be very active providing local charities with a mix of ex-stock donations and financial contributions.
On the 23 April, Will Ethelston, Finance Director from Bunzl Catering Supplies took on the mammoth challenge of the London Marathon to raise money for a charity called the Queen Elizabeth Foundation.
Will joined more than 40 thousand runners hoping to cross the finish line after a 26.2-mile journey, all raising money for charitable causes.
In 2016 Kevin Ephgrave, Stock Control Manager from Bunzl Catering Supplies decided he’d like to find a way to create social value from surplus stock, which was otherwise being treated as waste or being sold to ‘jobbers’. He has overseen the donation of goods with a retail value of £45,000 to charity In Kind, benefiting 419 charities in the UK.
Kevin is motivated by the desire to help people who have fallen on hard times – and he plans to help more local charities in 2017.
To find out more please read the full interview with Kevin below:
On the 9 March, 26 volunteers from the hospitality industry began a once in a lifetime challenge and community trek to Nepal. An annual event, run by The Springboard Charity, and now in its 6th year – the participants experienced an off the beaten track adventure which included five days trekking in the spectacular Mahalangur mountains and three days working with a local community school, to help rectify some of the damage caused by the destructive earthquake the region experienced in 2015.
Inspired by a trip to Kenya when she was only 21 years old, Bunzl Catering Supplies National Account Manager, Shezmin Madhani, founded a charity called Nia Children’s Foundation. Nia operates in Kenya to keep children in school by providing them with a proper breakfast and lunch.
On the 9th March 26 volunteers from the hospitality industry will begin a once in a lifetime challenge and community trek to Nepal. An annual event, run by The Springboard Charity, and now in its 6th year – the participants will experience an off the beaten track adventure which includes five days trekking in the spectacular Mahalangur mountains and three days working with a local community school, to help rectify some of the damage caused by the destructive earthquake the region experienced in 2015.
Last month two Bunzl Catering Supplies employees, Chris Rice and Rachel Johnson, took part in a trip to Peru for The Springboard Charity with 36 other participants from the catering and hospitality industry. The trip consisted of a 5 day trek across the Andes, followed by a 3 day community project at a remote school in the mountains. During the trek and community project, Chris and Rachel tackled high altitudes and pushed themselves in ways they never thought possible.
UK based hospitality charity Springboard are running a once in a lifetime community project to bring light and education to an isolated school in Peru. The trip will involve an arduous trek through a remote part of the Andes, camping on route, and then undertaking the task of installing solar panels in a school which currently has no electricity or power. The project, which will bring light, improve education through the gift of computers, and will provide other benefits to the school and the local community, takes place in March next year.
Chicopee has been donating cloths and wipes to FoodCycle, a charity running community projects to reduce food poverty and social isolation across the UK, since 2011 and now also provides the charity’s community café Pie in the Sky, in Bromley-by-Bow, London, with its cleaning products. Pie in the Sky runs a training programme for volunteers to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to get a job in the catering industry.