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Selecta supports another 4 community projects
10-Aug-2011

We have supported another four employee projects as part of Selecta in the Community; Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society, Herts Aid, Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force and Derwentside Carers Centre.<<

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As part of Our Sustainable Approach we are supportive of community initiatives, both locally and globally, and also support activity undertaken by our supply chain.

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Herts Aid

Selecta in the Community has supported Herts Aid, a HIV charity based in Ware, Hertfordshire. As a volunteer for Herts Aid, Ian Curtin, Team Leader for East Anglia, understands the needs of the charity.

HIV is a difficult cause to gain support for, despite infection rates rising rapidly amongst young people in the UK, and Herts Aid’s client base increasing by 345% in the last 5 years.

The charity works tirelessly to organise and participate in fundraising events to raise money to support people who are suffering extreme hardship and emotional crises as a result of HIV and AIDs, and towards education and prevention services for younger people. Selecta’s donation will help towards these services.

Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society

We also sponsored Dawn Keymer, National Account Manager, £200 to climb Mount Snowdown for charity. Dawn completed the 9.5 mile climb to raise awareness and funds towards research for Ring Chromosome 18 syndrome, a rare condition which can affect mental development and cause abnormal facial features and neurological problems such as low muscle tone.
Dawn was one of 45 fundraisers on the 5 hour climb, peaking at 1,300 feet. The climb was just one part of a larger fundraising project for the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society, which included a charity auction and a comedy evening.

With only around 150 people worldwide affected by Ring Chromosome 18, there is very little research or awareness of the condition, so all funds raised will help the charity in their research towards a treatment or cure.

Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force, Barnsley Detachment

We also sponsored Sam Lee, Operations Assistant for the North East, for her son’s army cadet training at the Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force, Barnsley Detachment. The Detachment is a voluntary youth organisation which provides training to young people aged between 12 and 18 in both military and civilian skills such as First Aid and the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award.

The Detachment is heavily involved with the Royal British Legion and regularly supports the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday, as well as actively encouraging the cadets to get involved in their local community for the voluntary section of their DofE Award. These activities help young people to get involved and interact with their age group, as well as earn qualifications and learn leadership and management skills.

As a voluntary organisation, the Detachment relies solely on donations and fundraising efforts. Selecta’s donation will help towards desperately needed training aids and sports equipment for the cadets to use, as well as additional support for cadets whose families can’t afford to pay for their activities.

Derwentside Carers Centre

Beverley Smith, Client Business Development Manager (North), received support from Derwentside Carers Centre in Consett, County Durham, when her Dad was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago. The charity offered practical support both during his illness and to the family after his death, including organising a group where Beverley’s Mum could come to terms with her loss and talk to those in the same situation.

The charity organises nights of respite for close friends and family who are full time carers of loved ones. Full time carers can easily lose touch with friends and become isolated in their role; having even a few hours away from caring responsibility can make all the difference and help carers to feel part of society.

Unfortunately, government funding for this respite was withdrawn this year. Without this funding, the Carers Centre is solely reliant on donations and fundraising for services such as carer respite. Selecta’s donation will help towards this desperately needed service.

As part of Our Sustainable Approach we are supportive of community initiatives, both locally and globally, and also support activity undertaken by our supply chain.

Selecta supports another 4 community projects