Businesses back our life-saving mission beyond the workplace

Michael Corley, our head of campaigns and fundraising, takes a look at how businesses are getting behind RoSPA’s life-saving work.

By entering our awards, taking our training or becoming RoSPA members, we know that companies are champions of safety in the workplace.

But since setting up our fundraising team, we’ve come to realise that many of the organisations we work with are standing up for safety beyond the factory gates and office doors.

For 18 months we’ve been working with some of the UK’s largest companies, getting their staff on board to raise funds for our life-saving mission.

Here is just a flavour of what they are doing to support our work:

  • In September 2014, Securitas staff from across the UK harnessed pedal power to raise money after seeing our appeals video at the RoSPA Awards. The week-long ‘Tour of Securitas’ also saw workers running raffles, competitions and bake sales
  • Outsourcing specialist Bunzl donated £15,000 to our managing occupational road risk campaign. Their UK managing director and key staff also attended our forum in October which looked at new ways to help employers manage the risks staff face (and create) when they use the road for work purposes
  • Morrison Utility Services and others have joined our “Family of Fundraisers” scheme
  • Cycle clothes manufacturer Proviz has designed a reflective cycle jacket, with £5 from all sales generated through a promotional video going to support our work.
The Tour of Securitas

The Tour of Securitas

It’s been a fascinating journey for us – and for the companies we are working with. Many are genuinely surprised by the number of different areas of safety we are involved in – from our work to get more carbon monoxide alarms in people’s homes to our campaign to prevent children being poisoned by household products.

And it’s not all about fundraising. Many firms want to get staff volunteering, taking their safety knowledge out beyond the workplace.

They have learned that improvements in road safety and workplaces mean that homes and leisure pursuits now cause far more injuries and deaths – 1,000 per month – than car crashes and industrial accidents.

Michael Corley

Michael Corley

So they’re keen to get involved in our upcoming volunteer scheme, which will take their safety knowledge into people’s homes to keep vulnerable individuals and families safe.

Research undertaken by Business in the Community and others shows that when employees take part in volunteering, they feel more engaged, more motivated and more confident as a result.

It’s a win-win situation for both a business and the charity it supports. So, if you would like to find out more about how we could work with your company, please get in touch on 0121 248 2507 or email mcorley@rospa.com. I’d love to hear from you.

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