Plus: Quiz brings in nearly £2,000 for Book Aid International; quarry is greened up thanks to Cemex and the RSPB; and Bayer links up with Brook
The Basingstoke-based HR consultancy Reality HR raised more than £700 for the Gynaecological Cancer Fund at a beauty and style event. The event included a talk from beauty companies and image consultants and a raffle, with prizes donated by Reality HR’s staff and clients. The company chose GCF as its charity of the year for 2017 after one of its employees was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer last year. It has committed to raising £2,000 through a number of events throughout the year.
Teams of employees from across the book industry went head-to-head earlier this month in a book quiz that raised £1,963 for Book Aid International. As a result of the quiz, BAI will be able to send 981 books to places where people have limited access to them. Staff members from Bloomsbury, Hodder Education, Little Brown, Macmillan, Quercus, Schofield & Simms and United Agents, and from the library service in London’s Tower Hamlets, made up the 16 teams that took part in the quiz.
A disused quarry in Staffordshire is being restored to create a home for wildlife as part of a partnership between the building materials company Cemex and the RSPB. The restoration of Hopwas Quarry near Tamworth will mark the completion of a project the two organisations began in 2010 to create 1,000 hectares of land for wildlife in former quarry sites. The restoration has included 50 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, and has provided homes for 46 threatened species of bird, as well as other rare species including otters, red squirrels and water voles, plants and amphibians. The restored sites have also attracted more than 750,000 visitors to different sites.
The global pharmaceutical company Bayer has formed a strategic partnership with the sexual health charity Brook, which the charity hopes will support its work through a planned £30m reduction in public health funding in 2017/18. The partnership will have a particular focus on long-acting, reversible contraception.
A Sainsbury’s superstore in Farnham, Surrey, has presented its charity of the year, the local Phyllis Tuckwell hospice, with a cheque for £7,398. The money was raised through bucket collections, shop till collection tins, 5p carrier bag charges and fees from community groups whose members use the Sainsbury’s car park.