Givaudan Ashford has been supporting Kent Association for the Blind since 2011 through a great relationship that both raises valuable funds and awareness of the charity as well as creating fun team events and many challenges for employees at Givaudan.
Charitable giving worldwide at Givaudan takes many forms but a consistent theme over recent years is that of supporting charities such as KAB, as a result of the company leadership vision that a fragrance company can bring value to blind and vision impaired people.
Givaudan UK have enthusiastically supported the KAB in a number of ways, such as supporting a fragranced art workshop for children and running a variety of fundraising and sponsored events such as the Givaudan annual firework extravaganza at the company’s Ashford site.
In 2014, a hardy group of seven Givaudan employees walked the 100km from London to Brighton on one of the wettest days of the year. "We were ankle-deep in mud for most of the second day" said Caroline Stiffell, Company Secretary. "The whole walk took us 31 hours, some of it through the night. It was a tough challenge, but we were so pleased to raise money for our chosen Ashford charities.”
Taking this time to bikes, another group of nine people from Ashford completed their challenge to cycle the 360km between Givaudan’s Paris site and Head office in Vernier, near Geneva in Switzerland.
Ashford Production Manager, Mike Cullen said: "We were joined by colleagues from Vernier for the last day and were welcomed onto the site by their fire engine spraying us with much needed cooling water."
In June 2016, a team of 10 cyclists rode from Geneva to St. Celoni, Barcelona. The trip involved cycling from the Alps to the Pyrenees and down to the Mediterranean coast and the team covered 500 miles over just 6 days! Once again their efforts were rewarded by the sponsorship from friends and colleagues and they raised in excess of £10,000.
The relationship between Givaudan Ashford and Kent Association for the Blind extends beyond fundraising. Recently a member of KAB staff was able to join Givaudan to share in training opportunities being run by the company that have now benefitted the KAB team. Continuous improvement is important to any organisation, whether large or small and this sharing has helped KAB to improve its own processes and bring further benefit to its service users.
In February 2017, Givaudan generously donated a further £6,100. This means that over the last 6 years, the organisation has raised around £70,000 for KAB, which is truly tremendous!
DHL/Sainsbury's - Dartford Depot
We are very lucky to have been chosen as Charity of the Year by DHL/Sainsbury’s for 2017. They have been extremely helpful and supportive and so far already donated prizes for our upcoming birthday raffle and raised over £300 by organising an Easter Raffle. After their generous match funding; the total was £656.04.
On June 14th - during Carers Week - staff volunteers from the organisation will also be at Sainsbury’s in Crayford collecting donations for KAB and providing information about our services from 10am-4pm.
In return, we have been raising awareness with staff at the distribution centre in Dartford; KAB provided activities for warehouse staff and lorry driving which they undertook whilst wearing blindfolds or 'simi specs'. In the coming months KAB Ambassador Paul Smith will be visiting the depot to talk about how the charity helped and supported him when he found out he was going to lose his sight.
Neville Powers who is a driver for DHL/Sainsbury’s will be running in the Tough Mudder challenge on 7th May and whatever he raises, the company will generously match fund it.
Thank you to all the staff at DHL/Sainsbury's for their support; we look forward to a great year ahead!
With thanks to Sanjay Patel of Specsavers in Maidstone who continued his support of KAB by encouraging other branches of the well-known opticians to support National Eye Health Week in September.
Branches in Bromley, Canterbury, Dover, Gillingham and Gravesend all welcomed staff from KAB regions to their offices to promote the week and to encourage people to pledge to have their eyes tested. The message of good eye health was very well received and also greatly helped to increase awareness of KAB in the regions.
Each branch of Specsavers generously gave a voucher for £100 of spectacles to those who pledged and were entered into a free prize draw. All the winners have now received their prizes and are delighted to have won!
Thanks again to everyone at Specsavers for their kind support and we look forward to next year!
Sainsbury's Larkfield chose KAB as their Charity of the Year 2015/2016. The partnership raised over £5000 which is a tremendous amount. Thank you to everyone involved.
Marks and Spencer - Dover
The store chose KAB as their charity for 2014. Through a series of fundraising events, staff raised valuable funds to support our work, while helping to let people in Dover know about the services available to them. Fundraising activities included rowing the distance between Dover and Calais and an instore cycle ride.
Clarkson, Wright and Jakes Ltd
Solicitors working across Kent, Bromley and Bexley are supporting KAB by offering a discounted will writing service, online, on the phone and in person. Just quote KAB. www.cwj.co.uk
Co-operative Membership Community Fund
The Co-operative Membership Community Fund Supported our Assistive Technology project at our Sight Centre in Canterbury, with a grant to purchase ipods and ipads so that we could launch new training courses in the I software and digital technologies.
Locksmiths Leicester Kindly made a donation of £50 to support our services
If you would like to find out more about forming a partnership with KAB, then please contact the fundraising team.