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Volunteering and Community Engagement: 2022 Wrap Up

Volunteering and Community Engagement: 2022 Wrap Up

As part of Medequip's ongoing commitment to community engagement and volunteering, each depot aims to give something back to the areas they serve. In 2022, Medequip staff went above and beyond serving their local communities by supporting charitable causes on top of their busy work schedules. From food and clothes donations to sponsoring local children's sports initiatives, we saw the highest amount of charitable events attended or created by staff in years.

South West

Operations Manager, Atlanta Somers and Emersons Green Warehouse team member, Tom Jenkins visited the City Farm project and donated a day to help them with the day-to-day farming/gardening projects

Luke Derrick set up an open golf day for Alzheimer's. The event raised a total of £1,030 and included staff at Medequip, Suppliers and local members at Tiverton Golf Course.

Aaron Mcguinness and Graham Organ Assisted the Trek 26 Marathon in Paignton, Devon in September for 2 days. They transported the equipment in 2 vehicles, assisted with building checkpoints and operated at a designated checkpoint on the day of the walk.

Throughout December, Emersons Green Depot Had food donation points set up and the final donation was made to Foodsentials at the end of December and distributed by the charity for those in need.

4 staff members volunteered as guides for the Big Hoot Wild Art trail in Ipswich, in previous years the trail and auction have raised between £150K and £200k for the hospice. We also dropped leaflets in December and wrapped presents for patients at the hospice

Throughout the year we delivered food parcels in Ipswich for the FIND food bank once a week, since the cost of the living crisis we have increased this to 3 days a week for as long as needed.

Staff refurbished a bench from the garden at the paediatric ward at Ipswich hospital, a second bench was beyond repair so we have donated a new bench for families to use

Newport staff have donated clothes to a local homeless shelter and all South West staff have been donating clothes to aid Syrian and Afghan Refugees

North West

A Leyland Staff member is volunteering 2 evenings per week to help coach a local kid’s football team, which Medequip Leyland has sponsored the football kit

Leyland Staff member, Steve Goodwill used two weeks of his annual leave to clean his local running track at Burnley Athletic Club for the love of the sport.

A Samsung phone paid for by Medequip Leyland has been raffled off by Blackpool Coastal Housing to raise money for local charities to help with the current dire situation in Blackpool, with homeless families. Also, the depot staff Donated presents for children in care in Blackpool, who otherwise would not receive presents at Christmas.

Medequip Bromborough sponsored West Wirral and Wallasey Scout and Guide Gang show with water bottles. Medequip staff also volunteered to be involved in backstage and first aid cover.

Staff in the Wirral volunteered at Age UK sites, offering ferrule checks and exchange of walking aids, to help in reducing falls.

North East

Alfreton Depot held a Raffle & Cake sale in November, Raising around £1,200 for the Alzheimer's society

Alfreton's Carl Sowden and Emily Cauldwell had a Brilliant day volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society at Clumber Park Memory Walk, assisting walkers and providing general support on the day

General Manager, Steve Smith and 3 other staff members slept "Under the Stars" at Wakefield Trinity Rugby ground as part of the Foundation`s support for local homeless charities, raising £255!

Medequip Newton Aycliffe delivered support and donated items to Team Sloan, a local Cancer charity that carries out great things in the local community.

Medequip Brighouse (Driven by passionate Ops Supervisor Ryan Duxbury) continued their Christmas tradition of donating to charity this year by collecting gifts to donate to the Salvation Army for their annual Christmas Present Appeal.

Brighouse staff braved the elements to raise awareness for people struggling with homelessness. Volunteering for The Giant Howarth Sleep out in the freezing cold, Alex, Ian and Mark supported the cause all night.

Midlands

Stafford Depot's Charlie Nicholls took part in a charity boxing match in Mid-November, to raise money towards Cancer Research UK. He raised £205 via Just Giving!

Leicester depot built a Donation Station, so who you donate to is up to fate, making donating more fun! Charities will change yearly but in 2022 it's Alzheimer's Society, Mind and Rainbows

Leicester Depot hosted Help the Homeless to hand over a few loads of donations in 2022. There were donations of coats, jackets, pillows, blankets and much more.

Gina Pritchett and the Stafford Team collected 30 evacuation chairs no longer required at NHS sites managed by Community Health Partnerships in Stoke-on-Trent. Although it's a non-contract area, they were collected as they were ideal for being donated to Belief In Action.

London and Head Office

Head of Clinical Services, Fiona Wasdell-Bowyer completed a Memory walk for Alzheimer's Society in London in September. She walked with her family and her mum who has Alzheimer's.

Marketing's Tom Rogers raised £400 via Just giving for Alzheimer's Society by holding Medequip's Charity Fantasy Football League and the World Cup Sweepstake

London and South East, like many other regions across the country, have been donating to the Belief In Action Charity with further items which will be greatly appreciated and life-changing. As a Region, this brings their 2022 donation total to 133 pieces of equipment!

Mandela Way depot held its annual Christmas carol service, organised by Blessing Ototahor. 100 free food bags provided to local residents in need, Hot food and drinks provided to over 100 people, Donated clothes distributed to people in need, Essential life-saving equipment provided to local people who find themselves homeless, Free toys given to children and advice given on how to survive through the winter during the current heating crisis. All of this plus wonderful carols were sung with gusto.

Hainault's Susan Parmenter Volunteered as a Cheerer at the London Marathon on behalf of Alzheimer's Society, which is a cause close to her heart due to family reasons.

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