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 30th of July 2017 two members of the Bunzl Catering Supplies team, Jody Crawforth (Category Manager) and Martin Allen (Network Development Manager) took part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise money for charity In Kind Direct. Over 30,000 riders participated in the Prudential Ride, bravely taking on the100-mile route through the Capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.
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.