Volunteers’ Week: celebrating acts of kindness in communities

Today marks the start of Volunteers’ Week. At a time when many are risking their lives to work on the frontline, we would like to acknowledge and thank our many employees for their acts of kindness in their own communities. Here are just a few examples of what they’ve been doing: 

Holly Botterill (commercial & marketing graduate) has started a Positive Newsletter with her sister. Every weekday, five positive news stories are sent to subscribers, in a bid to make people smile and share the good that people do in these challenging times. The newsletter was also featured on local BBC News. 

Saurabh Kumbhare (technical & integration analyst) is working with his family to make 3D printed ventilator splitters and face shields for NHS workers.  

Damian Graham (graphic designer) is offering students and recent graduates advice on the creative arts and design via his Instagram account (@st_lea_creative).  

Emma Hill (communications executive) has been supporting Hillingdon Hospital Foundation Trust’s communications department so that the team can work on critical issues relating to the pandemic 

Leanne Wilkins (Speedo sales) is making NHS scrubs and approx. 200 masks per week, providing critical PPE to those in need.  

Jo Bird and Tracey MacVickas, from our Speedo product development team, are making much-needed tops, trousers and “scrub bags” for the heroes at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Katie Greenyer (creative talent & network director) is knitting squares for Colchester Blanketeers, who are making blankets to provide comfort during end of life care at Colchester hospitals.  

Scott Molloy (commercial & marketing graduate) is volunteering with Care 4 Carers UK, which aims to give carers a well-deserved break. The charity provides carers with vouchers that they can use for breaks such as dinner, a night away or an afternoon tea. 

Laura Bromley (creative talent manager) is making wash bags from old duvet covers for key workers as part of a local group called Sewing4Kingston. In just six weeks, they’ve donated more than 17,000 critical PPE items such as washbags, masks and scrubs.  

Agatha Connolly (Pmanager) is volunteering in her local borough with Volunteer Centre Hackney as a telephone befriender and delivering medication and essential items to those that are vulnerable or lonely. 

We’re incredibly proud of how our people are spreading kindness in their communities and our thanks to Saurabh, Leanne, Jo, Tracey, Emma, Damian, Katie, Holly, Scott, Laura, Agatha and all those in the Pentland Brands family for your acts of kindness during this time. 

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