Charitable Giving

We will aim to select up to 2 national charities which we will support in 2014/15, both financially and through company involvement/engagement with our employees.

The British Heart Foundation and Construction Youth Trust were selected as national charity partners and over £100,000 was donated to them in 2014/15 through employee fundraising and corporate donations.

We will commit to top up funds raised by our employees for both their chosen registered charities and Bellway’s nominated charities.

The Group donated £18,360.04 in matched funding to complement employee fundraising.

We will continue to improve employee engagement on charitable activity, aiming to donate over £100,000 to our national charity partners through a combination of direct donations, employee fundraising and matched funding, while increasing our annual charitable budget in line with earnings, year on year

Fundraising and donations were £159,228 for the year, bringing the total across the 18 month partnership to £265,117. In total the company donated £210,000 to charities and good causes, a 44% increase on 2014/15.

We will engage with our employees and Cancer Research UK with the aim of raising and donating over £100,000 to the charity in the 2016/17 year.

 

As a responsible business, part of our ethos is to support both the local communities where we build as well as those sections of society less fortunate than ourselves.

2015/16 saw a total of £284,704 donated to charities, community groups and local good causes, an increase of 55.1% on last year (2014/15 - £183,540). Corporate donations, matched and top-up funding totalled £210,000 (2014/15 - £146,010), up 43.8% on last year, while employees raised £74,704 (2014/15 - £37,530), up 99.1% on last year.

Charitable Focus

The past two years have seen a marked change in the way we manage our charitable engagement, with our focus now split across three key areas:

  • Supporting national charities – each year we enter into partnership with charities who benefit from direct donations and employee fundraising.
  • Supporting our divisions – each operating division (and Head Office) manages a separate budget to support local charitable and community causes.
  • Supporting our employees – we ‘match’ fundraising for our national charity and ‘top-up’ employee fundraising undertaken for their chosen causes.

Charitable Donations

National Support

In 2015/16 our national charities were again:

  • British Heart Foundation - the UK’s national heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.
  • Construction Youth Trust - working with disadvantaged young people, helping them to access career opportunities in the construction industry.

Employee fundraising for these two charities was 100% matched by Bellway and through a combination of fundraising, matched funding and direct donations, we successfully donated £159,228 to these two great causes this year. This brings the total donated since the start of the partnerships in January 2015 to £265,117.

In the coming financial year we begin a new partnership with Cancer Research UK and with the continued help of our generous employees we hope to raise over £100,000 over the next 12 months for this charity which is close to the hearts of many of our employees.

 

Local Giving

Each of our divisions has an annual budget which is used to support local charities, community groups and other initiatives while other local charitable support is allocated from Head Office under the direction of our Charity Committee. In 2014/15 over £60K of our total charitable donations was directed to local good causes, with employees contributing another £41K.

We also financially support the running of a breakfast club in a local primary school in Newcastle upon Tyne as part of the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club programme, as well as making small donations through the Community Foundation of Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Case Study Case Study

Breakfast Club

Bellway, in partnership with the Greggs Foundation (the corporate charity of Greggs plc, also based in Newcastle), is funding a breakfast club for children in a north east primary school. The club is at Cheviot Primary School, Newbiggin Hall, which is in an area of significant deprivation and over 54% of the school’s pupils are eligible for free school meals.

The benefits of a healthy breakfast are well-known, but not every child gets one before school. Research has shown that children who do attend breakfast clubs have improved health and nutrition, improved attendance and punctuality, are able to socialise and make friends more easily and are able to concentrate better in class, leading to better academic results.

Through Bellway’s support, children at Cheviot Primary School will benefit from a free nutritious breakfast to start their school day. Volunteers from Group and the North East Divisions visit the school on a weekly basis to help out in the club and spend time with the children.

The club was launched by Rob Armstrong (North East Sales Director) and Maria Seed (Group Sales Director) on the 13th November which just happened to be Children In Need day, so a very special guest made an appearance, much to the delight of the children!

 

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