The board and staff at 4see have always supported charities and good causes both personally and as a company. Sometimes there are very personal links to what we support and others the reasons are broader. But we have always believed in giving something back.
Now we have put our support into a formal structure, to ensure we can focus our efforts into areas that make sense to our team, our clients and our community. We have a long term partner who we will work with over a number of years, an annual cause which we will vary each year and the ad hoc activities that our staff undertake for personal reasons. We hope this structure will help us channel the support we can give in an appropriate way.
The WWT is one of the world’s leading science and conservation institutions. Wetlands are the primary source of drinking water worldwide for people and wildlife and their importance to the earth’s climate is hard to overstate.
Across the world, wetlands only occupy 3% of the earth’s surface but store a staggering 35% of the planet’s carbon. That’s more than all the rainforests in the world put together.
Wetlands also protect us from flooding by storing rainfall and buffering us from the sea and they have a global impact on our climate and sustainability.
4see have named WWT as its long term charity partner and we are proud to have become patrons of the trust.
Our charity for 2016 is affiliated to the South African based charity “Touch Africa”, which aims to bring South African and international companies together to raise money for one of the poorest regions on the planet.
They use the money they raise to undertake projects to help the communities in most need. Building play and sporting facilities, providing libraries and buying school buses are all projects that have been undertaken previously.
This year 4see will be supporting a number of events to raise money for School Aid 4 Africa, including sponsored golf events and “Ride 4 Change” a challenging off road motorbike endurance event across some of the most remote and challenging areas of the South African Wild Coast.
Good luck to our Director Leigh Hayman who will be in the seat (literally) for this one!
Recent charity events
Ride for Change 2015
In June 2015 one of the 4see Directors, Leigh Hayman, undertook a two week off-road motorbike ride in the Wild Coast areas of South Africa. This is an annual initiative organised by Touch Africa and is made up of participants from South Africa, the UK and around the world. In 2015, 40 riders raised money for charity, rode through some of the most technical terrain in the world and worked on a number of charity-led school projects. The efforts of this group raised over £30,000 which goes directly to the charity and where it is needed.
The Great 4see Bake Off
4see held its very own Bake Off competition, organised by Natalie Brindley in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event was really well supported with many people bringing in their baking. The lucky judges – inevitably Mike Walker and Gavin Clarke – said they were amazed by the talents so many team members played. Among their comments were “awesome”, “tasty”, “lemony”, chocolatey”, “rich” and “moist”. And there were lots of “mmmms” too.
First place went to Carole Kerridge for her chequered walnut and coffee cake. Runner up was Rob Cannell, who went down the savoury route with his cheese and bacon turnovers.
Well done to everyone who took part - everything tasted great!!
Carrie pedals from London to Brighton for charity
Carrie McClenaghan, Energy Support Lead, successfully completed all 66.3 miles of her London to Brighton Challenge Cancer Cycle in September 2015 – and raised over £700 for Cancer Research UK in the process.
After months of training around the roads of Milton Keynes, Carrie set out with a target of making the trip in six hours.
“It wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be, apart from Ditchling Beacon, but I managed it,” said Carrie. “Not quite in my target time of 6 hours, but only just over - 6 hours and 12 minutes. I’ll take that!
“Thank you to everyone who helped me train, sponsored me and spurred me on. Your support has been amazing.”
Each year instead of sending Christmas cards the team at 4see all contribute to a festive tradition of donating to charity. Each contributor also names a charity of their choice and at our Christmas party charities are picked at random and a donation made. Last year a great total of £430 was sent to the Lullaby Trust, supporting bereaved parents and providing expert advice on safer sleep for babies along with raising awareness on sudden infant death.