We are honoured to support many community-based organisations, from sports clubs and art projects to food banks, homeless charities and even a paralympic gold medal winner.
Supported by the business, our staff regularly organise charitable events to raise donations for various good causes, including Macmillan Cancer Support, The Mental Health Foundation and Save the children.
We set up a donation point at our Halesworth-based factory to support those families affected by the Ukraine conflict. We were delighted by the overwhelming response.
At the height of the pandemic, we ensured local care homes had donations of much-needed hand sanitisers. We then extended our help to other frontline services such as the fire service, the police and schools.
GOOD CAUSES WE SUPPORT
We always try to support as many different good causes as possible. Whether for cancer support, mental health awareness, children’s charities or local environmental projects, we are always looking at inventive ways to engage, educate and inspire to raise valuable donations for those less fortunate than ourselves. Below are just a few organisations we have supported over the years.
Seeing our employees propose inventive and fun ways to raise money for vital charities is heartening. Our staff regularly take it upon themselves to get involved in various charitable causes, and it’s vital we do all we can as a business to support their aims.
Joe Maynard, Managing Director
Spectra Couch to 5K
Spectra recently set up a Couch to 5k running group for staff to participate in 3 times a week after work. The programme aimed to help staff become more active and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of running.
Spectra employees Diana Frost (Print Manager), Angela Sankey (Human Resources Advisor) and Sam Read (Development Engineer) successfully navigated the nine-week programme. They then rewarded themselves with a 5km park run in Harleston, Norfolk, on a Saturday morning along with 80 odd other runners, raising donations for the Mental Health Foundation.
Regular Spectra runners Ella-Rose Harrison-Reeve (Marketing Executive), Sophie Pearson (Customer Services Supervisor), John Cunningham (Print Technician) and Mark Kingston (Marketing Manager) supported the new runners on their 5k journey each week by leading the timetable training sessions after work.
Spectra staff raise money for Save the Children
Spectra staff recently wore their most festive Christmas jumpers and raised much-needed funds for Save the Children.
Since 2012, individuals have put on their jazziest jumpers on a Friday in December and made minimum donations of £2, or in many cases more, to Save the Children to give something back to children worldwide.
Save the Children exists for children, to make their world a better place, to help them learn, grow and become who they want to be. No matter where they’re growing up, the charity finds a way to reach the children who need them most.
Spectra employees annually organise several fundraising events for a wide range of charities with the company’s support. These include Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in Need, the Salvation Army’s work with the homeless and many more.
Spectra staff push up to the challenge
Spectra staff participated in the 3,000 press-ups in November for Teenage Cancer Trust UK.
The Teenage Cancer Trust charity has been running for over 30 years and supports young people aged 13-24 through specialised nursing care and support. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to meeting this vital need to ensure no young person has to face cancer alone.
Kevin Chambers, Production Manager, Alex Barratt, ISB Supervisor, Alex Beveridge, Business Development Manager and a number of other employees have taken on the 3,000 press-ups in November to raise vital funds for the charity.
This particular charity is close to Kevin’s heart, and he was keen to share his story, you can read Kevin’s full story here.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.
Di Frost, Graham Thompson, Jamie Fenn, Jayne Rains, Joe Maynard, John Cunningham, Keri Harvey, Lee Nelson, Mark Jones, Mark Kingston, Ryan Wright, Stuart Buck and Tony Peck from Spectra Packaging have decided to take on the challenge on Saturday 18th June to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.