We need and seek the goodwill of our neighbouring communities and encourage the individual businesses to engage with them.
Chemring seeks opportunities to develop closer relationships with the communities within which we operate and support good causes related to our market. A few of our activities are described here.
Chemring Energetics UK gives to charities
Employee Forum representatives at Chemring Energetics UK’s Ardeer Site recently handed over cheques to some deserving local charities. Employees donate a monthly amount which is pooled with a company contribution. Over £5,000 was raised in 2013. Various charities benefitted from the money raised, and Irvine Cancer Care and North Ayrshire Care both received cheques for £1,000.
Employees also held a collection for the local Foodbank and intend to hold another such collection in January when Foodbank stock is expected to be low.
Alloy Surfaces employees helping the homeless
On 7th December 2013, Alloy Surfaces employee Luis Alvarez decided to celebrate his birthday by helping families at the Family Management Center Shelter in Chester, USA. From a young age, Luis’ father Jose instilled in him the true power of helping others. “When we would visit Puerto Rico when I was a small boy, we would go downtown and my father would give something to every single homeless person we saw” Luis recalls those days.
Since his father’s passing in 2010 to Alzheimer’s disease, Luis has held an event every year that benefits people in need. This year, Luis chose to help families at the Family Management Center by supplying and serving a luncheon feast of macaroni cheese, fried chicken, salad and rice. He also gave away 27 sweatshirts. Luis said that the donations he had received from colleagues, friends and family helped contribute to the celebration in his father’s memory. The FMC Manager Gail King said, “I am so glad that Luis selected us to bless the families here. After lunch, children ran through the play yard, their faces covered with frosting, and were overjoyed to receive their gifts of backpacks, school supplies and candy. What Luis did today was a blessing. A lot of families come here hopeless and when we see the donation and the help from others, it brings us hope. Everyone was so excited today.”
In addition to what Luis Alvarez has done this past year, Alloy Surfaces also had some of their employees give up their Thanksgiving to cook and serve dinner to the homeless in Delaware. Peggy Miller (Subassembly Supervisor), Laura Musser (ISO Coordinator) and Jackie Hutt (Subassembly Operator) cooked and served dinner at Andrews House (a homeless shelter) in Wilmington, Delaware on Thanksgiving Day.
Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) supports the Wessex Cancer Trust
Last year CTS raised a huge £12,733 for local charity - the Wessex Cancer Trust. This was an amazing effort so how did they do it? They sent their Directors around site selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Mike Gong from the Purchasing Department ran the Great South Run carrying a life size model of a horse, they sent the guys from Marketing to Loch Ness to run a Marathon, many staff took part in a Quiz Night and 10 staff members ran a relay marathon in the local town of Romsey. Plus the MD and the Financial Director joined engineers to grow a beard during “Decembeard” raising over £600.
This year CTS are raising funds for the same charity but how will they beat last year’s total? Well they already have some old favourites on the event calendar including the Director Doughnut Dash, Quiz Night and the Romsey Relay Marathon plus some new events – the Kamikaze (a crazy 8 mile run with obstacles), a Dragon Boat Race and 100 mile cycle challenge, plus a few cake sales along the way.
Chemring Countermeasures supports Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Chemring Countermeasures (CCM) has chosen Wiltshire Air Ambulance as its charity of the year. Fundraising events include:
- Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge (June 2013). The CCM team made it back in one piece with the worst possible weather- thick fog, rain, hail stones and high winds. The three peaks were conquered in 10 hours and 5 minutes, one of the fastest times of the year! Money raised was £800.
- It’s a Knockout (July 2013), Banbury. The CCM team got wet and played on giant inflatables to raise a total of £537
- 54321 event, Salisbury (August 2013). Walking or running distances between 5k and 40k, this is an event that CCM enters every year and provides an excellent turn out in support of our chosen charity.
- Clarendon Marathon (October 2013). This is a relay marathon which CCM has entered in previous years; a 4-person relay team is training for this year’s event.