New year, new charity partnership
Beth Kidd • 31 Jan 2017 • Community
This month sees the launch of our two-year partnership with CLIC Sargent, the charity that supports children and young people with cancer. We are excited to be working with them and hope to achieve some great things over the two years.
So a little bit about them – CLIC Sargent’s vision is that everyone under the age of 25 with cancer, and their families, will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond, including bereaved families living with emotional pain.
They want to change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer when you’re young. Care teams across the UK help to limit the damage caused by cancer by helping patients access the best possible treatment, care and support, including essential financial support to cover the sudden extra costs that a cancer diagnosis can bring. They also gather feedback from families about the impact of cancer on their lives, and share it with service providers and policy makers to help change things for the better.
Why CLIC Sargent?
Our 2,600 employees were invited to nominate charities they feel passionate about. The nominees then went through a rigorous assessment to help us find the right charity for us. Aligning to our values, opportunities for our employees to make a difference and a national presence were a few of the criteria our panel used to make its final decision. We are delighted to be supporting CLIC Sargent until the end of 2018.
How we can help
Firstly, we hope to raise essential funds for this great cause. We are targeting £100,000 over the two year period – and having smashed this target with previous partnerships, we are hoping this one will be no different! This money would fund 4,000 hours of support for young cancer patients from CLIC Sargent’s cancer care professionals. BAM commits to match fund anything our employees raise for our charity partner, up to the value of £500 – so whether it’s participating in a sponsored walk, run or cycle or participating in a bake off, every little helps.
At BAM, our partnerships are about more than just raising money (although we do also want to raise lots of that) we want to raise awareness around children and young person’s cancer and we want our staff to get involved and learn something new. We offer all full-time staff two paid volunteering days, which our people can use to support a charitable cause of their choice. Volunteering opportunities will be sent round when they arise, including opportunities at CLIC Sargent’s Home from Homes (many children’s cancer treatment take place a long way from home and CLIC Sargent offers free, comfortable accommodation in 10 locations nationwide where families can stay during treatment). As a construction company, we hope to leave a lasting legacy by supporting CLIC Sargent in expanding its network and rejuvenating its existing premises.
We can also help CLIC Sargent to achieve their ‘thrive not just survive’ vision. A cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect a young person’s education and we hope to offer work experience and other engagement opportunities to help rebuild their confidence and give them hands-on experience in the workplace.
We are only a month into our new partnership, but we’re sure we can make this one just as successful as the rest. With World Cancer Day this Saturday (4 February 2017), we are asking our people to pledge to do something amazing this year. Whether it’s by finally signing up to a walking challenge (I will be walking the Thames Bridges Trek), baking and selling cakes, wearing a wig, becoming a stamp champ, hosting a work experience student or using their volunteering days at a CLIC Sargent shop, we are asking everyone at BAM to get involved.
So over the next two years you might see lots of Tweets, blogs, news articles and photos to show off what we’ve been up to. If you see us doing something – please come and support us and give generously!
Beth Kidd is a Community Engagement Assistant at BAM
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