Shropshire is a great community to be a part of, both in the business world and outside it.
We are very lucky to be a B2B business and work with dozens of companies of all sizes across the county and beyond – every day we get to find out more about how different businesses work and the people that they work with.
Shropshire Chamber Patrons
We are patrons of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, a scheme that runs through the region’s business and educational community and enables the chamber to provide a diverse range of services to businesses across the county.
But Chrisbeon are a family firm and we like to go further than the business community and be a part of the wider community – and that link gives back, to us and our staff, more than we could imagine. This article highlights some of the local charities and organisations that are close to our heart and deserve to be shouted about!
Kelda Wood – Row to Raise
We are honoured to support Kelda Wood and her charity Climbing Out, which runs activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem in young people aged 16 to 30-years-old who’ve been through a life-changing injury, illness or trauma.
As our adopted company charity we have assisted by providing stationery, taking part in charity walks and donating time and services.
Kelda recently hit the headlines with her Row to Raise Challenge, which we also supported, which saw her become the first adaptive person to ever row the Atlantic alone, completing the 3,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua in a little over 76 days – raising more than £30,000 for charity in the process.
Meeting Kelda, talking about Climbing Out, and supporting her in the run up to the Row to Raise challenge has had us in awe – and we will continue to support Climbing Out with our next fundraising event as the Shrewsbury Wacky Races event later this year.
Shrewsbury Town in the Community
We were originally approached by charity trustee, Nick Jones, a patron of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, about supporting the organisation, and it is a relationship that has continued ever since.
We donated more than £2,000 of new and pre-loved office chairs, tables, sofas and cabinets to be used in the community hub for fundraising events and by disabled participants.
We are proud to be one of the founder builder’s that stepped up to support the 1,000 Builders Fund for the Future Campaign, which is raising money to enable the Trust to look after the landmarks and monuments in the Ironbridge Gorge well into the future.
An iron plaque bearing our name is laid in the grounds of the Enginuity Museum in Coalbrookdale as that is the area the fund will focus on – the site of the original furnace where Abraham Darby first smelted iron.
Madeley Cricket Club
We are also big cricket fans and sponsor Madeley Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in the county.
The club also has a Women’s Cricket Team, a thriving youth section playing in the Shropshire Junior Cricket League and take part in the ECB Allstars initiative to encourage younger children from the age of 5 to take part in the sport.
Smaller charities and not-for-profit support
As a company we support a number of charities both local and national with fundraising, and in the case of Christ Church Nursery in Bayston Hill, near Shrewsbury, provided them with supplies for a new purpose-built building for the children in their care.
We find that corporate donations are a great way to help charities and non-profit organisations that matter to us, our employees, and our community.
And it has always been really important for us to do so!