They say a crisis brings out the best in people, and that’s certainly been our experience in 2020.
From the rainbows drawn by children on the back of Abbey Logistics’ fleet to give thanks to key workers, to Clearly Drinks’ continued support for the Salvation Army and Belfield’s effort to keep the NHS supplied with PPE in the height of the crisis – knowing that we not only back commercially strong business, but also community-focused companies, has been inspiring.
Our own people at NorthEdge have been busy in that respect too, donating over £15,000 to food banks in our regions earlier in the year (Helping Hands of Birmingham; Greater Together Manchester & The Leeds Fund) and partnering with the Dog & Gun pub in Skipton to make to deliver over 2,000 meals for NHS staff and underprivileged communities via Slung Low (Yorkshire Aid) and FareShare.
This Christmas we also wanted to spread a little cheer in our community, so our offices came together to donate lots of Christmas gifts to children who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything via Wood Street Mission in Manchester, Birmingham City Mission and the JCI Secret Santa appeal in Yorkshire, as well as further support for the food banks we donated to earlier in the year.
When we look back on 2020, we hope we can all remember how this year more than ever we came together as colleagues, communities and friends. As we start 2021, we hope that we remember everything that we have learned in the past year and look forward to being together as a team and community once again.