Employees win awards for fundraising efforts

Wednesday 7th November 2012

Over 80 employees were awarded for their community involvement last Friday at the Smiths News PLC Community Week Awards.

The Award ceremony was organised to recognise and celebrate colleagues’ hard work and commitment during the Company’s annual fundraising initiative ‘Community Week’. The Community Week initiative was launched at the beginning of this year and by August employees celebrated, as they had smashed their fundraising target of £70k. In total, an amazing £102,359 was raised for local and national charities.

This year saw the first award ceremony held for those who participated in Community Week. Employees were invited to nominate colleagues for an award who they felt deserved special thanks for their fundraising efforts. The awards ranged from outstanding individual contribution award, volunteer of the year through to fundraising team of the year.

Special guest, 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson presented staff with their awards along with Group Chief Executive Mark Cashmore, Jonathan Bunting, Smiths News’ Managing Director and Graeme Underhill, Managing Director of Bertrams.

22 awards and 60 star achievement medals were presented to staff while those invited heard about the fantastic fundraising events which had been organised by the award winners. Highlights of the day included speeches about how individuals had gone over and beyond expectations to raise money and the profiles of their chosen charity. Simon Cousins, Web developer for Smiths News who cycled up four of the well-known mountains on the Tour de France route was awarded the Community Partnership Award. After receiving his award Simon said:

“I am very pleased to have won the award in recognition of my fundraising activities for DASH (Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness). They are a small local charity based in Swindon. Community Week is a great initiative as it brings many people within the business together to raise money for worthy charitable causes.”

“I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me for doing the alpine cycle challenge – the £1,300 raised will go a long way in helping DASH keep its evening social groups for young autistic adults running for several months.”

Closing the ceremony, Michael Jamieson said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all of you at Smiths News PLC for your support and messages – they really made a difference over the last 12 months, especially during the trial events in March.”

"I was delighted to be invited to this awards ceremony and I have been truly inspired by the work you have put in to support Community Week. Congratulations to you all.”

At the end of the presentation, Mark Cashmore added:

“It’s been a tremendous day! I would like to say a huge thanks to all of our award winners for making Community Week such a success. You have been an inspiration to others in the business and a real credit to the Company.”

“Contributing to our communities is part of being a good business. I believe that we can make a real difference by raising money and promoting awareness of charities across the country and we have some great plans for next year’s community initiative.”

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