Robert Gerrard in the Community
If you’ve had a browse through our meet the team page, you’ll probably have gathered that we tend to employ ‘giving’ people here at Robert Gerrard. And together as a company, we’re definitely very community spirited – and proud of it. Here’s a round-up of how we’re involved in the local community and what we do to support each other in our own fundraising efforts.
Crostyx Hockey Club
As sponsors of this Woodford based hockey club it’s a real delight to be involved in its growth. In just three years we’ve seen the junior side of the club boosted from 3 to 100 children aged 4-16 thanks to hard work, investment and promotion. Director Carla Preston has been a member herself for more than 25 years and she’s thrilled with recent achievements, including a semi-final place for the U10 boys’ team in the Essex In2Hockey tournament, something that will feature as a first in the club’s history book.
Hillside Kennels, Waltham Abbey
Anyone who’s visited our offices will probably have met Hazel and Pippin, Robert Gerrard’s four legged team members. We wanted to do something community-wise as dog lovers, so we support Hillside Kennels in Waltham Abbey, Essex by acting as a drop-off point for people wishing to donate towels, blankets and sheets.
St Erkenwald’s Church, Barking
St Erkenwald’s Church in Barking, Essex is currently running a fundraising campaign to raise money to send volunteer parishioners to Ethiopia in in the summer of 2014. Once there, they’ll spend two weeks helping to build homes for the local villagers who are in desperate need of a roof over their heads. One of these volunteers is our very own Tim Nurcombe. We’re helping with the fundraising by operating a DVD exchange library where we pay to rent each other’s DVDs, and we have plenty more ideas in the pipeline, so watch this space.
Supporting Each Other
Many of our people are involved in their own fundraising efforts and we’re here to support each other. Carla Preston witnessed some of this fantastic support when she and a friend were raising money for Broomfield Hospital to install a life-saving colon cancer detecting machine. The office became a makeshift market stall for homemade goodies such as cakes, bread, jam and marmalade and everyone spent generously, helping greatly towards the £30,000 total raised.