Charity news 22.01.18
Morson has commenced its ’50 Weeks of Giving’ campaign by donating to a specialist school for cognition and learning in Liverpool attended by the sister of Morson-sponsored world super-middleweight champion boxer Callum Smith.
The £1,000 donation was made to Redbridge High School at an intimate public Q&A with Smith and fellow boxing brothers Stephen and Paul at Shooter’s Bar in Liverpool. Their young sister Hollie Smith lives with autism and has been attending the community, co-educational secondary school for children with severe learning difficulties for over six years.
The school relies on charitable donations to fund new projects to aid in the experience of its students, with the construction of a sensory play area a current major project. Headteacher, Paul Cronin, received the donation and spoke to about the school ahead of the Q&A.
He said, “We’re incredibly grateful to be receiving this donation from Morson and we thank the Smith brothers for everything they do to raise awareness for autism. This cheque will be going towards building a covered access path between buildings for the students.”
Morson’s ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme will see the company provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with its core annual charity activity, it aims to raise and donate £500,000 in total as the group celebrates its 50th year in business.
An Ipswich recruitment consultant who played a role in an episode of BBC show DIY SOS, had a tear in her eye when it was first broadcast last week.
The show, fronted by Nick Knowles, will feature a major overhaul of the home of husband and father Simon Dobbin of Mildenhall, a Cambridge United fan, who in 2015 was attacked by 12 thugs and left with permanent brain damage and being unable to walk or talk.
The show, which aired on Thursday 17th January, was watched with particular pride by Irena Sabinskaite, who works at recruitment agency Jark Ipswich. She used her contacts to find willing workers to help carry out the transformational improvements and adaptations to Mr Dobbin’s home to improve the quality of life for him and his full-time carer, his wife Nicole. Their daughter Emily also lives them.
Sabinskaite said, “I felt really lucky to be able to support this amazing show and have the opportunity to help make a real difference to someone’s life. The whole DIY SOS experience felt like a real community effort. I needed a box of tissues with me watching the final show, I had a tear in my eye.”
Sabinskaite and colleagues were frequently on the site during the duration of the build, even over the weekend, ensuring enough workers were available to get the job done.
It is reported that more than 100 people volunteered to help on the project, which involved building a downstairs extension, including bedroom, physio space, wet room and seamless wheelchair access of both the ground floor and garden. The space was planned by television personality and designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Jamie Wingrave, managing director of Jark Ipswich, commented, “I’m just really proud of Irena and everyone at Jark Ipswich who supported this fantastic project. These opportunities do not come around too often, but DIY SOS is all about a can-do attitude and going the extra mile and that’s something we pride ourselves on too.
“Irena has had a really amazing year, culminating in picking up the Recruitment Consultant of the Year prize at The Recruit Venture Group Awards in October, hosted by Alistair McGowan. She has only been a recruitment consultant since January 2017, after returning from maternity leave, and in that time has delivered exceptional results. With English as a second language, and in a very people-facing role, she has also shown real determination to break down those barriers and achieve all that she has.”
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