We are passionate about giving back
We are passionate about giving back to our local communities and supporting good causes
In 2016, the Group adopted the Paul Bush Foundation Trust (PBFT) as its charity to support with fundraising activities and grants.
The PBFT was set up in 2012 by the founder of Bush, Paul Bush. Paul, himself a paraplegic since 1975, and subsequently his daughter Rachel, a specialist spinal nurse, became passionate about improving the lives of people with a disability. This passion remains a central feature of the values and principles by which Bush operates its business and the Group is proud to support the Trust.
The Group’s support and employee fundraising raised over £62,000 for the PBFT during the year with events such as bake sales, sporting challenges and social events. During the year, Russell Atkinson was also appointed as Trustee of the PBFT.
Local causes and commitments
Giving something back is important to our employees and they have always been enthusiastic about volunteering. In 2016, NAH employees pledged a number of hours to the local community which included food bank donations and a new partnership with Latimer Arts College. This involved supporting a Dragon’s Den Enterprise Day which NAH Managing Director Simon Trott was part of. In addition, we supported student mentoring and the development of a Passport for Success to support the learning outcomes for young people.
“The involvement of local businesses in our student activities throughout the year is of great importance to us. We work hard to provide engaging development opportunities to prepare our young people for working life, right from their first year with us, and enhance the skills that businesses look for. We’re delighted to be working with National Accident Helpline and the contributions they have made to our activities so far have been valuable for our enterprise programme. We’re very much looking forward to building on this working relationship in 2017.”
Jyoti Pankhania, Assistant Principal – Latimer Arts College
Searches has supported a number of local and national charities and organisations throughout the year including Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, Chestnut Tree House, Circus Starr, ChildLine, Age UK and the Brighton Housing Trust.
In particular, Searches is proud to host the Property Professionals Lunch each quarter in partnership with Portfolio Magazine. The lunch provides a networking opportunity for professionals in the property industry and each event hosts a prize draw to raise funds for the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity – in particular the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
In total in 2016, Searches helped to raise over £3,000 to support local and national causes.
The Group also supported Chief Financial Officer, Steve Dolton, in his quest to drive from Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire to Le Touquet, France. The Twin Town Challenge raised money for Special Effect, a charity that supports severely injured individuals. Steve’s team raised money for the charity through sponsorship, donations and a silent auction and were awarded the Cally Robson Memorial Trophy, the event’s outstanding fundraising award for raising the greatest amount of team sponsorship.