Dandelion Time: Q4 Pallet Pledge 2018
Our nominated worthy cause for July to September was Dandelion Time, nominated by our Chairman, Paul Firmin.
This charity is based in West Farleigh and works with young people and their families who have been affected by traumatic situations. Dandelion Time gives them time and space to love and trust again; time to heal from emotional trauma and abuse; time to rebuild confidence and strengthen relationships and time to develop skills and aspirations for a brighter future.
The Big Cat Sanctuary: Q3 Pallet Pledge 2018
Our nominated worthy cause for July to September was the Big Cat Sanctuary, nominated by our Director, Paul Denyer.
The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside at Smarden in Kent. The peace and tranquillity of the site provides a sanctuary for the successful breeding of endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. The charity recently featured in a BBC documentary “Big Cats About The House”.
We are extremely pleased to have made a donation to this local charity in support of the fantastic work that they do.
Giles Clark, Director of Big Cats and Conservation said, “We are over the moon to have the support of the Firmin Group. It is only with support like this that we are able to do the work we do and contribute to global conservation projects to help save some of the world’s most endangered cats from extinction. We couldn’t be happier and our thanks go out to the Firmin team.”
Maidstone Hospital ICU: Q2 Pallet Pledge 2018
Our nominated worthy cause for April to June was the Maidstone Hospital Intensive Care Unit, nominated by Louise Reid, Customer Account Coordinator for Firmins.
The unit is specially staffed, equipped and designed to closely monitor and treat high dependency patients with serious conditions. In 2017, Louise’s father spent several weeks in the intensive care unit at Maidstone hospital, being cared for by their specialist team.
Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust: Q1 Pallet Pledge 2018
Our nominated worthy cause for January to March was the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust, nominated by Mark Lowry, Director at Fleet Retail Packaging Ltd.
The unit has a total of 32 cots including 8 intensive care cots. It cares for babies born prematurely or who are sick and need the intensive care that only a highly specialised facility, skilled staff and sophisticated equipment can provide.
Each year about 800 babies are admitted to the unit, which serves the Medway towns and surrounding areas. The Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust raises additional funds to purchase the very expensive and specialist equipment necessary to enable the unit to continue to enhance its high standard of medical care for babies.
We are proud to support this fantastic cause.
Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide: Q4 Pallet Pledge 2017
Our nominated worthy cause for Q4 2017 was Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, nominated by Company Chairman, Paul Firmin. The Medical Director of the charity, Dr Roger Eltringham is an old friend of Paul’s.
The Marden based charity was founded over five years ago to help people in the poorest and most isolated parts of the world where anaesthesia services are either inadequate or non-existent. The charity has supported the development of a new type of anaesthetic machine called the Glostavent, which is able to function even if the supplies of oxygen and electricity fail. It is used in over 70 countries worldwide and has enabled elective and emergency surgery to be performed in the poorest and most isolated hospitals where this has previously been impossible. A portable version has also been developed which can be carried to the sites of emergencies.
Great Ormond Street Hospital: Q3 Pallet Pledge 2017
Our nominated worthy cause for July to September was Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mark Stokes is the Director at Black Lion Press in Maidstone (a supplier to Firmin) and has worked closely with the business for many years. In May 2010 Mark’s son Matteo was born with a unilateral cataract. Without the skills and expertise of the eye team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Matteo would have been blind within four weeks. He is now 7 years old and despite having very limited vision in one eye, he is doing really well.
Our donation will go towards funding life-saving equipment and ground-breaking research to find cures and treatments giving children everywhere a brighter future.
Milton & Fulston United FC: Q2 Pallet Pledge 2017
Our nominated worthy cause for April to June was Milton & Fulston FC, a local football club which has teams starting from the under 7’s right through to adult teams and disability teams.
Firmin Xpress have sponsored the U12’s for the 2016/17 season with a donation of towards their kit.
Milton & Fulston FC have been established in Sittingbourne for many years. Firmin LGV Driver, David Fall has close links with the team. His brother-in-law Andy Baughan has coached the team for the last six years and has developed a close knit team of local players who play the game in the right manner and with the right spirit. David’s nephew plays for the team.
Crisis: Q1 Pallet Pledge 2017
Our nominated worthy cause for January to March was Crisis, a national charity providing support to homeless people. Over the Christmas period we helped to deploy much needed goods and equipment, such as beds, bedding, kitchenware and clothing to the Crisis at Christmas centres located around central London. The charity served 36,000 meals at Christmas, and also provided medical care, advice, warmth, food, clothing and entertainment.
The charity also help to give homeless people across the capital by giving them a chance to work towards reconnecting with society, finding work and a permanent place to live. We are extremely pleased to be able to lend our support to this worthy cause.
Friends of Linton Church: Q4 Pallet Pledge 2016
Friends of Linton Church is a registered charity which is working to raise funds to preserve and maintain the fabric and contents of St Nicholas’ Church in Linton.
Firmin are extremely pleased to make a contribution towards this good cause through its Pallet Pledge scheme. Our Head Office is based in Linton and the church plays a historic central role within the village community. The money raised will contribute towards its preservation and upkeep.
Starlight: Q3 Pallet Pledge 2016
Starlight is a small children’s charity which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. The charity entertains children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK, holding parties, pantomines and most importantly granting wishes.
The charity was nominated by Firmin Accounts Manager, Julie Johnson, whose Goddaughter Millie was was diagnosed at 7 months with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and spent 6 months in hospital receiving chemotherapy. Her treatment was a success and she is now a happy confident six year old. Starlight have been so supportive of Lynsey, Michael and Millie and two years ago she had her wish granted and the family all went to Disneyland Paris so she could meet a Princess!
Demelza: Q2 Pallet Pledge 2016
Our nominated worthy cause for April to June was Demelza.
Demelza is a children’s hospice charity in the south east providing a wide range of services to children with life limiting illnesses and their families. The charity relies completely on sponsorship and volunteers to be able to offer the valuable support.
We are delighted to make a donation to this worthy cause which will go towards qualified nurses who provide 24 hour care to the families and the children.
Michael Firmin (Managing Director), presenting cheque to Mary Haisman (Demelza)