As we approach the end of the year, Rakem Group, a global distributor of specialty chemicals, takes great pride in reflecting on the team’s charity initiative in 2023. Everyone at Rakem has taken part and we have made a significant impact on various local communities, embodying our commitment to corporate social responsibility. We have again, donated nearly £100,000 in funding, equipment, and volunteer work. We will continue to do this in 2024.
Our approach to charity is to be as diverse as possible, addressing a wide range of challenges faced by individuals and our local communities. The team nominates charitable causes close to their heart and that is important to them. We have had many presentations from these deserving causes throughout the year at our monthly lunch. We support initiatives in healthcare, education, arts, culture, and more, with the aim to foster unity and collective well-being among the communities we serve.
One of our main partners is Bury Hospice, where we not only provide financial support but also donate equipment. Recognizing the importance of creating uplifting environments, the company went a step further by supplying materials for local students to paint a vibrant mural within the hospice premises, fostering a positive atmosphere for patients and their families. It is our intention to continue to support this fantastic facility which provides a vital service to our community.
To support children facing life-limiting conditions, Rakem Group donated £3000 to Derian House Children’s Hospice. This heartfelt contribution reflects our dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. We also continue to support the Barrie Wells Trust which provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to attend events at sports and entertainment venues in corporate boxes where they feel special.
In memory of our cherished contractor, Joe Mitchell, we purchased a memorial bench at Edenfield Cricket Club. This heartfelt gesture serves as a tribute to Joe and provides a lasting space for reflection within our community.
Recognizing the invaluable service of retired service animals, Rakem Group extended its support to The National Foundation for Retired Service Animals. Our donation aids in ensuring the well-being of these dedicated animals after their years of service.
Furthermore, Rakem Group organized and donated to art and crafts workshops for a local homeless charity, Red Door. These initiatives aimed to provide therapeutic and creative outlets for those facing challenging circumstances.
We proudly sponsored Burrs Live, a local small music festival, demonstrating our commitment to the cultural vibrancy of our community. This support not only fosters artistic expression but also strengthens the local cultural landscape. Rakem Group have become The Met’s first-ever Platinum Sponsor, showcasing our dedication to supporting the arts and cultural institutions within our community.
This series of charitable initiatives have not gone unnoticed, as we have recently been honoured with the prestigious Manchester Chamber of Commerce Charity Initiative of The Year Award. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
We have also extended our support throughout the year to other charities and organizations such as:
• Age UK
• Dementia UK
• Breaking Barriers Bolton
• Brinsworth Manor Junior School
• Bury Cancer Support Centre
• The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
• SafeNet Domestic Abuse Services
• Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
• Macmillan Cancer Support
• Young Carers through Barnardo’s
• Stronger Together
• Young Lives Vs Cancer
• New Beginnings Rescue For Romanian Dogs And Cats.
• Early Break
• The Glitter Ball in Association with World Prematurity Day
Looking ahead, Rakem Group is filled with enthusiasm as we continue our initiative in 2024 and beyond. Our charity work reflects our values and it is the commitment and dedication of our team that makes this possible.