Bespak 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. For the current financial year we are supporting the National Brain Appeal and NARS.
The National Brain Appeal
The National Brain Appeal supports both the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and The Institute of Neurology, both located in Queen’s Square in London. Their vision is to improve the outcome and quality of life for the one in six affected by a neurological condition. They do this by funding pioneering research, providing access to the best technology for expert diagnosis and treatment, and training tomorrow’s clinicians.
The National Hospital and the Institute are together one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
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.
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We also support other activities including:
Grand East Anglia Run
Bespak offers 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.
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 Bespak employees raised over £23,000.
During 2017/2018 Norfolk’s Cancer Charity Big C were Bespak’s 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 Bespak employees raised over £18,500.
Friends of Stroke Unit
Friends of the Stroke Unit, were Bespak’s 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 Bespak company donations and with employee fundraising we raised over £10,000.
Nelson’s Journey were Bespak’s 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 Bespak 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.