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Further than fundraising

Eleanor Evans   13 Oct 2014 Community, Health and wellbeing

BAM’s charity partnerships aren’t just about fundraising, although we are very proud of how much we’ve raised for our partners over the years. Any good partnership should bring about mutual benefit and support each other’s strategic aims, something that’s well worth bearing in mind as we come up to select our next national charity partner for 2015/16.

Our two year charity partnership is selected by our employees - they chose Macmillan Cancer Support, and the partnership has given us plenty of opportunities to add value to our business, while supporting a great cause.

Macmillan run a Paint & Fix scheme that we’ve been able to link to our Making TIME staff volunteering programme. BAM staff are entitled to two days of volunteering leave per year, and the Paint & Fix projects give volunteers the framework to spruce up a Macmillan patient’s house or garden, helping them complete DIY projects they are too ill to deal with. Not only have these projects made BAM people feel good as they help someone else, Paint & Fix has also given construction site teams the opportunity to make a positive impact locally, get involved in their local community and use their professional expertise to deliver these mini refurbishment projects. It’s also been an opportunity for younger staff members to get a taste for managing a project. 

Before and after one of our Paint and Fix days helping to transform a garden

At our 2013 graduate induction event, we challenged teams to deliver a fundraising event for our charity partner. Not only did they raise a fantastic £15000, it was a great way to test and develop the personal and project management skills of the young people coming into our business.  

We’ve also been able to call on Macmillan’s expertise when looking at the health and wellbeing support we provide to our staff.  We’ve run awareness campaigns, toolbox talks and promoted information to our staff about the healthcare options that are available to them from Macmillan but also general symptoms awareness. Our male cancer awareness week with Macmillan reached over 1,600 people and has been hugely important as men are 16% more likely to develop a cancer than women. Macmillan has also given our HR staff training and information that helps them to deal with the issue of cancer at work, and we’ve supported their “Cancer and Work” and “Not Alone” campaigns.

Macmillan's 'Not Alone' campaign in Bradford

Of course, we’ve also been fundraising our socks off for Macmillan (sometimes literally in the case of some Ice Bucket challenges…!) In September, BAM employees up and down the UK took part in our charity partner Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – we raised £8,000 last year and the signs are already good for this year.

Our Macmillan Coffee Morning at BAM Plant

In July we completed BAM’s third annual national cycle ride for our charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support. The ride covered all of our regions on consecutive days, with cyclists choosing either a 27 mile course (it costs £27 to fund one hour of Macmillan nursing) or three times that, a gruelling 81 miles. For me and my fellow support driver Franco it was two weeks of lycra, inner tubes, water bottles, trac pumps, map-reading, cheer leading and a lot of miles in the beautiful English countryside. All worth it though; the bike ride has raised nearly £90,000 over the last three years and involved over 200 cyclists. 

Our team from the Midlands taking part in the 2014 national cycle ride for Macmillan

Our employees have also baked, triathloned, marathoned, swam, dressed up, dressed down and held feasts to fundraise for Macmillan nurses, who provide vital support to those affected by cancer. Their enthusiasm has not waned, and we’ve massively exceeded our fundraising target, which just goes to show how strongly BAM people feel about this charity partnership that makes business sense.

 

 

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