CSR Stories from 2018

A day with FareShare

A day with FareShare

This month's video follows a team of volunteers as they spent a day with our National Charity Partner.

It was an enjoyable day, working alongside FareShare's regular volunteers. The quality of the food was impressive, high quality steaks and desserts, well within sell by dates. This food would be destroyed if FareShare did not set up a distribution network and, without a cheap source of high quality food, it is estimated that over 20% of UK charities would fail. Supporting FareShare therefore supports 20% of all UK Charities and every £1 given to FareShare provides four meals; or at least is multiplied to £20 worth of charitable aid. It's a powerful, growing charity that we are proud to support.

FareShare is the UK's largest food redistribution charity. Not only do they make a huge difference in reducing the amount of food waste across the country, they help almost 10,000 charities and organisations, from homeless hostels and domestic violence refuges to primary schools and drug rehabilitation centres.

FareShare can't tackle food poverty and waste without their volunteers, and the more help they get, the more people they can redistribute food to. Our support has a ripple effect - by backing FareShare, we're helping many more charities.


  • Unbridled enthusiasm

    Five ladies from Customer Service in Leeds volunteered at Riding for the Disabled, a charity which helps disabled people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of spending time on ponies or horses. From painting fences and moving hay bales, to digging up and levelling the arena, the volunteers put some really hard work in and the owners were extremely grateful for their help.

  • Doing their Fare Share

    Invoice Finance Managing Director Andy Dodd was part of two teams from Telford which volunteered at FareShare’s midlands warehouse. Working with staff from our National Charity Partner, they picked and labelled orders for community food, helped to organise the vans for deliveries and sorted food received into the warehouse. Two teams from Leeds also volunteered at their local FareShare warehouse – the Change Team and Group IT played their part in fighting food waste and tackling hunger.


  • A life-changing experience

    In September, Rula Samara (Leeds) spent 10 days volunteering in Kenya alongside the Memusi Foundation. Staying with the Maasai people, not only did Rula work in a school, she set up a medical camp for a community that don’t have any nearby medical support. “Kenya was amazing, the medical camp served and treated 800 people in one day,” says Rula. “It was a truly life-changing experience, and I’ve come back determined to continue to make a difference for the wonderful people I met in Kenya.” In addition to volunteering, Rula raised a brilliant £2,400 with matched funding for the Memusi Foundation.


  • Whizzing down the river

    Nine colleagues led by Wayne Mortimer from HCVS Trowbridge took part in Bath Dragon Boat Race to raise funds for Designability. Designability designs, builds and loans free of charge electric wheelchairs called Wizzybugs to families with severely disabled children. Combined with other fantastic fundraising efforts, their paddling has raised almost £2,000 with matched funding. Wayne has a goal of reaching £4,000, the cost of building one Wizzybug.


  • Brave the Shave

    Chris McCall from Newbury was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. “The help and support I received was fantastic and I am eternally grateful to be a survivor,” says Chris. So when her friend and colleague, Sandra, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Chris decided to take part in Brave the Shave to show support. Chris bravely had her head shaved in the office and raised a fantastic £1,819 with matched funding for Macmillan Cancer Support.


  • World Cup afternoon tea

    To show support for the England football team, and raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice, Take Heart and Fulfil the Wish, the Leeds Charity Committee held a World Cup themed afternoon tea. Enjoying prawn cocktails, sandwiches and scones, staff in Leeds raised £605 with matched funding.

  • Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

    Eamon O’Brien, Lucy Bullimore, Andrew Herbert and Caroline McGrath from Group IT cycled over 70 miles from Wetherby to Filey in some of Yorkshire’s finest, and hilliest, countryside as part of The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride event. The team raised a fantastic £1,200 for a range of local charities, with matched funding.

  • Payroll giving champions

    HCUK received a Gold Award for payroll giving from CAF (Charities Aid Foundation). This is an outstanding achievement and, with 11% of our employees donating to charities through our Give as You Earn scheme, this is a great indication of our commitment to making a difference and supporting the causes close to our hearts.

    Payroll giving is a simple and convenient way to make a monthly donation to charity through payroll deduction. You choose the charity or charities that will benefit, and the amount. Log in to Benpal to find out more.


  • Running Rome

    Another employee braving the heat and smashing a personal best was John Atkinson from Invoice Finance, who completed the Rome Marathon. Enjoying the most beautiful and important monuments, streets and squares of Rome as he ran the course, John raised a fantastic £5000 for charity. “A massive thank you to everyone for the support, good wishes and donations, which included £1000 from HCUK”, says John. “I’m so pleased with how much was raised for the charity that is supporting my cousin through his terminal cancer”. John managed to beat his previous personal best by 30 minutes, despite the hot, sunny weather being slightly different to his winter training in Leeds!

  • Daring descent

    Amy Parkinson, Charlotte Reddington, Emily Sissons, Michelle Hicks, Sarah Jones, Scarlett Beck and Faye Nairn from Leeds completed a sponsored abseil down Peel Tower in Ramsbottom, to raise money for Dreams Come True. Peel Tower is 128ft high, so it took a lot of courage to complete the thrilling challenge, but it was worth the nerves. They managed to raise £1600 with matched funding for Dreams Come True, a charity close to Sarah’s heart, which helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions. Some of the family members took part in the abseil too so the group had the advantage of hearing first-hand how the money they raised will benefit the families.