Construction suppliers build up community kindness

The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the construction sector certainly haven’t stopped suppliers on our construction frameworks from going above and beyond the call of duty to show kindness to communities.

We asked suppliers to tell us about their covid-19 community kindness acts and we’ve been blown away by some of the generosity shown.

There have been financial donations to charities, staff time given to worthwhile community volunteering including delivering food and care packs, PPE stock donated to care homes and hospitals, collections of goods and money for food banks and much more.

Bell Group and William Wilson gave staff time to worthwhile volunteering projects. For Bell Group this included delivering prescription and food deliveries and preparing care and food packs. William Wilson staff delivered food for a homeless charity, committed time to a community response group and donated £900 worth of materials to a charity project.

Financial donations were made by Aecom Limited, Jacobs UK Limited, Stantec UK, and City Technical who dug deep for various charities.

This includes Aecom giving £660 to children’s hospitals and £350 to a homeless charity. Jacobs donated £8,000 to Social Bite and Stantec UK gave £1,500 to water aid. While City Technical gave £1,100 to provide children with the waterproof and equipment needed to walk safely to school and also collected donations for local food bank and baby banks.

Several companies donated to food banks and donated their PPE stock. This includes George Beattie and Sons Ltd who made a £500 food bank donation and gave face masks and gloves to care homes, and Richard Irvin FM who donated food supplies, money and cleaning products to local foodbanks.

Amey OW Limited also donated PPE stock to care homes and made a £50,000 foodbank donation, while their staff set up Community of Helping Hands in Glasgow to deliver care and food packs.

Other PPE donations include Strada Environmental Ltd who donated many boxes of PPE to Ayr Hospital and Edmunson who donated face masks and hand sanitizer to the Ronald Macdonald House in Glasgow.

Also during the pandemic response, CMS Window Systems delivered hand sanitizer across Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, while Bunzl Greenham donated 32,760 personal razors to NHS patients and 30,000 personal razors to Lanarkshire care homes.

SERS Energy Solutions helped to replace the kitchen at an essential Ayrshire community centre and donated 30 waterproof jackets and sets of wellies to the community.

While IBT Merchants donated materials to create local garden projects and launched a Community Fund to local initiatives in the Falkirk area.

Julie Welsh, Chief Executive of Scotland Excel said: “Our suppliers have been at the forefront of the pandemic with many of them going above and beyond what was expected of them. Social value is hugely important to Scotland Excel and I’m so pleased that so many of our suppliers feel the same way.

“I’d like to thank all of our suppliers for their efforts in helping our members to keep the supply chain going and for the wonderful acts of community kindness.”

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