Bespak by Recipharm aims to promote education and opportunity and encourage the involvement of our employees in community and charitable activities and organisations. We consider nominations for our supported ‘Charity of the Year’ made by our employees who may have a personal / family connection with such charities.
As of the beginning of calendar year 2021, we are supporting three new charities across our Bespak by Recipharm sites as our ‘Charities of The Year’. We will be supporting The East Anglian Air Ambulance across our King’s Lynn site, following The Sick Children’s Trust across our Cambridge site and The Pendleside Hospice across our Nelson site. These partnerships will run throughout 2021 and we are excited to be able to provide vital funds and raise awareness for the three charities involved.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance exist to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or car to seriously ill or injured people in the region. They are a life-saving charity that rely largely on donations to keep afloat, needing to raise £13m a year. Since the charity launched in 2000, crews have been dispatched to patients at the roadside, in the city, on the beach and homes across the region. With the combination of a quick response time, advanced critical care on scene and quick transfer to the appropriate hospital, their mission is to save more lives.
The Sick Children’s Trust are all about providing homes away from home to support the families of sick children. Acorn House in Cambridge supports families of sick children being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital by giving them somewhere to stay just minutes from their seriously ill child’s hospital bedside. Chestnut House in Cambridge also supports families of sick children being treated at The Rosie Hospital. Both houses have staff and the warm communal areas make sure that there’s a friendly ear to listen when families need it.
Pendleside exists to promote and enhance quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers; by delivering specialist and holistic palliative care, which addresses their individually assessed physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Many important services are offered at the hospice, such as Day Services aims to improve the quality of life for people age 17 years or older living with a life limiting condition by offering therapeutic care and a range of activities or their breathlessness management group which enables patients to live well with long term condition that causes breathlessness, e.g. COPD, heart failure.
We also support other activities including:
Grand East Anglia Run
We offer long-term support for the annual Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR). Through direct sponsorship and the participation of our staff in a pre-race training programme we aim to help the local community, whilst also supporting our own employees’ wellbeing. We also encourage junior participation including a number of free school places in the Mini Gear Fun Run and provide prizes of educational equipment to primary schools.
Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS)
NARS have been operating since 1970, providing additional support to the ambulance service in Norfolk, improving response times. NARS volunteers carry specialist equipment designed to cope with the most challenging of medical emergencies. Our colleagues in the ambulance service call upon us to assist in the management of the sickest patients – at home or at the roadside. A new system has been put in place to allow crews to easily escalate and request Critical Care support.
Click here to find out more about NARS
Scotty’s Little Soldiers
During 2018/2019 our Charity of the year was Scotty’s Little Soldiers, they are a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.
Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK.
Support offered to the children includes fun activities such as holiday breaks and group events, personal development assistance through educational grants and access to professional bereavement counselling.
During the 12 months employees raised over £23,000.
During 2017/2018 Norfolk’s Cancer Charity Big C were our Charity of the Year. In 1980, two young men from Norfolk found themselves with cancer and having to travel to London or Cambridge for treatment, often finding this journey harder than the treatment itself. They vowed the people of Norfolk & Waveney would have access to the best treatment and support in their local areas.
Thirty-five years on and this is being realised more than ever; with over £25 million being raised.
During the 12 months employees raised over £18,500.
Friends of Stroke Unit
Friends of the Stroke Unit, were our Charity of the Year 2016/17 a charity formed by Mr Paul Brandon in 2005, who had his stroke that year and was also elected Borough Mayor.
During our year we were able to support fundraising activities to refurbish the day room on the West Raynham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn for the benefit of patients, their families and staff.
Over the 12 month’s with company donations and with employee fundraising we raised over £10,000.
Nelson’s Journey were our Charity of the Year 2015/16, a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk. For information on our fundraising activity, see our news.
During the 12 months employees raised over £11,400.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) was our chosen charity for 2014/15. EACH provides care and support to vulnerable children, young people and their families within the East Anglia region. EACH’s care teams help children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.