Cimlogic team donate funds to help vulnerable people in the local community
Cimlogic has donated over £1200 to help vulnerable people and charities in the local community, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new initiative called ‘Help the Vulnerable’ aims to provide monetary funds to those in desperate need.
For many years Cimlogic has provided an employee recognition scheme, whereby staff members nominate their fellow colleagues for outstanding work, dedication and contribution to the company. Employee recognition and positive client feedback are shared with the whole company at a monthly meeting, whereby the staff member receives a monetary reward.
However, this month the company has introduced an initiative called ‘Help the Vulnerable’. Cimlogic is encouraging its staff to donate their reward money to vulnerable people or charities in the local community who may have been affected by the current COVID-19 crisis.
Mike Hodge, CEO at Cimlogic said “We are all too aware of very personal stories of those who are affected in the current climate or know of people in real difficulty, where basic needs cannot be met. It, therefore, makes little sense to reward individuals with vouchers to spend on treats and goodies – when more can be achieved by helping those around us.
There is nothing better than the feeling that you have helped make a difference to someone else’s life – however little, and by allowing our team to choose how to make that difference is a win-win for everyone involved.
Hearing the feedback on how the money has been donated is very heartwarming and confirms that we have a team that truly cares.”
Solution Architect: James Dawson has donated his reward to a local farm called Meanwood Valley Urban Farm1 in Leeds. This working community farm has attracted local school children since the 1980s, with the goal of reconnecting urban people with their food. During the COVID-19 crisis, the farm services including a fresh produce shop and school visits have unfortunately closed. A just giving page 'Save Meanwood Valley Urban Farm' has been launched to help fund their fantastic charitable work and reduce the risk of permanent closure.
MES Software Engineer: Luis Fernandez has donated part of his reward money to purchase the material needed to produce homemade face masks. During the COVID-19 crisis local people from his home town in Spain (including his grandmother, who is a retired dressmaker), have been making homemade face masks, which were distributed to the local community. Initially, there was a lack of supply of PPE for the residents within the town, the majority of which were the elderly that had to risk going to the supermarkets unprotected.
Graduate Software Developer: Brandon Parkinson has donated his reward money to a local charity called Newlands Furniture Service2 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It runs a donated furniture store and recently expanded its service and opened a food bank (Food For Life), to distribute food and essentials to those in need in the local area. The charity has seen an increase in demand for their services and so the donation will help towards providing essential supplies to members of the community.
Peter Marshall: Senior Software Engineer has donated his reward to a local community centre called Baildon Link3, which both Peter and his family use regularly. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the centre has unfortunately closed and therefore lost significant income generated from room rentals. But Baildon Community Link continues to work hard to support vulnerable people in the community and has expanded their operations to provide a food bank and emergency food parcels.
Andy Chislett: Senior Control Systems Engineer has donated his reward to the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice4 in Oxenhope. Last year Sue Ryder Nurses and the Manorlands Hospice provided 105,000 hours of palliative care and support to patients and their families. The hospice relies on fundraising efforts and donations to provide expert care. Each year Andy and his friends help organise a music concert called Manorfest5 in aid of the hospice. The fundraising event has great support from the local community including sound engineers, lighting engineers, breweries, and musicians, but unfortunately, it has been cancelled this year. Andy’s donation will help support the vital care provided by the hospice and some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Chris Mackellar: Operations Lead has donated his reward to the ‘Run For Heroes’6 initiative. On social media, Chris was nominated to ‘run 5k, donate £5 and nominate 5 people’. Chris took an extended lunch break to run 5k and has donated money from Cimlogic and personally. The initiative has now raised over £4m to support the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and NHS Charities Together. His donation will make a real difference in helping NHS staff and volunteers who are caring for COVID-19 patients.
Daniel Newton: Senior Software Developer has donated his reward to ‘Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS’7. The Just Giving page has raised an incredible £26m so far. Captain Tom Moore, born and brought up in Keighley West Yorkshire, is aiming to walk 100 lengths of his back garden before he is 100 years old at the end of the month. On Thursday 16th April he completed 10 laps out of his 100 and is going to continue to walk to raise money for our NHS heroes, and spread some cheer around the world! Daniel donated money from Cimlogic and personally, which will go to NHS Charities Together, so they can continue their amazing work.
The image below shows homemade face masks produced from donation money:
The image below shows food purchased for a local food bank: