The PHSC PLC group of companies have a long tradition of supporting local causes through sponsorship and community involvement. Below is a selection of projects in which our companies have been involved:
Players choose charity donations
The company is sponsoring Player of the Match awards at Ebbsfleet United FC throughout 2015-16. As part of the arrangement, after every home game the selected player can nominate a charity of his choice to receive a donation from PHSC plc.
Brentwood Rugby Club Under 16's
PHSC plc has sponsored new shirts for Brentwood Rugby Club’s Under 16 squad. The club is an accredited member of the Rugby Football union and plays its home fixtures at King George's Playing Fields, Ingrave Road, Brentwood. Pictured with the U16 squad is Nicola Coote, Deputy CEO of PHSC plc.
Sponsorship agreement with Katie Bradley, British National Champion in Taekwondo
We are proud to have become Katie’s primary sponsor, providing the support she needs in her quest to realise her full potential. Katie, aged 17, has trained in the martial arts since she was six, and has competed in the Olympic Sport Taekwondo since age seven.
In 2013, Katie retained her title as Junior British National Champion and competed internationally, becoming both Dutch and Belgian Champion in the -44kgs category. In February 2014, Katie became 2014 Luxembourg Open Champion in both Junior and Senior categories. Katie represented Great Britain at the 2014 WTF World Junior Championships in New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei in March 2014 and won the Bronze medal. She was also one of those selected to carry the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Maintaining training and competing internationally has high cost implications and, in this sport, athletes are largely self-funded. All GB-related training takes place at the National Olympic Taekwondo Academy in Manchester, a 600 mile round trip from Katie’s home in Plymouth, often involving the additional cost of accommodation.
Active Maidstone Awards
PHSC plc sponsored several award including the “Rise to the Challenge” award which recognises volunteers who have given up their time to promote healthy activities. The 2013 winner was Donna Carr and her volunteer team who organise Maidstone parkrun. This is a free weekly event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday. It is not a race against other people, but a 5k timed run which can be for fun or as part of a training plan.
Details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/
Photo: PHSC plc CEO Stephen King presenting the award at the ceremony in January 2014.
The winner of the Outstanding Personal Achievement Silver Award was Emma Tuck, who specialises in trampolining and netball. She is pictured receiving her trophy from PHSC plc CEO Stephen King and the Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Richard Thick.
Safety in Action Awards 2013
Safety in Action is an annual, two-week programme designed to help Year 6 pupils develop their competence and confidence in responsible citizenship and safety skills. It covers potentially dangerous or life-threatening situations and aids pupils' transition from Primary to Secondary School by making them more safety aware. PHSC plc, via its SafetyMARK audit scheme, agreed to plug a gap in funding and assist Maidstone Borough Council in delivering the programme. Over 1200 pupils from 41 of Maidstone's 45 schools who attended the event were marked for team work, co-operation and learning. The photograph shows PHSC plc's CEO, Stephen King, alongside His Worshipful the Mayor of Maidstone at Bower Grove School to present awards in the Special School category.
Recognising Outstanding Personal Achievement
Stephen King is joined by Cllr John Wilson from Maidstone Borough Council as he presents PHSC's Outstanding Personal Achievement Award to Lauren Lethbridge at a ceremony in January 2013. Lauren excels in her chosen sport of gymnastics despite having a genetic condition that affects her muscles, joints and internal organs. She has undergone various surgical procedures including becoming the first child in the UK to have a pacemaker fitted to her stomach, but still depends on a tube feed for all forms of nutrition. This is the third year in a row that the panel of judges have selected Lauren as the winner of this annual award. (Image courtesy of DE Photo)
Transnational Student Placement
Personnel Health and Safety Consultants hosted a three-month placement of a student from Menorca, who was undertaking a degree course in Health and Safety at Work. The student was able to experience a range of activities across the Group, both internally and at client sites. The relationship with the school, IES Pasqual Calbo i Caldes, started eight years ago and this is the third time that we have been able to assist with their education programme.
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Wave Leisure Community Fund
Our subsidiary Quality Leisure Management Limited has made a donation to the Wave Leisure Community Fund.
The fund is used to assist with training expenses, kit, coaching or facilities hire where this can be shown to increase activity participation by individuals or clubs. This year's recipients included local disabled groups, netball and football clubs, and the Seaford Children's centre.
Charlton Athletic Women's FC
PHSC plc has extended its initial sponsorship with Charlton Athletic Community Trust, which works in partnership with local communities to empower individuals to improve their lives and their environment. The company becomes Patron of the Women and Girls Football set-up and will also provide funding for a period of five years from April 2011. The partnership covers a centre of excellence, academy and first team offering coaching and playing opportunities to some 150 women and girls each week.
The Trust's ground breaking and innovative programmes are delivered through a regular presence in schools and working with disadvantaged or socially excluded groups in society, through crime reduction initiatives and community based football coaching sessions.
League Champions 2010/11!
Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats
PHSC plc has entered into a matched funding agreement with Buttercups, to enable the construction of a new toilet block for the use of staff and visitors. Facilities such as these are essential if the Sanctuary is to promote its work by welcoming everyone from parties of schoolchildren through to the small army of volunteers. PHSC plc will match Buttercups' fundraising efforts for this project pound-for-pound, up to a maximum of £3,000.
The Sanctuary is sited in the beautiful and ancient parkland of Wierton in Kent. Records of this location can be traced back to the Norman conquest when William the Conqueror gave the area to his half brother 'The Abe de Wyerton'. The site itself contains a number of beautiful, old trees, some of which are estimated to be around 250 years old.
As the only UK registered charity focusing solely on the rescue, care and welfare of goats, Buttercups has provided a home for neglected and abused goats, or for those simply in need of a new place to stay, since 1989. Today, they are responsible for about 180 goats. Supporters include their Patron, the Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe.
Welsh Women’s Hockey Team
QLM has donated £250 to sponsor the travelling shirt for the Welsh Women’s Senior Hockey Team, who are about to depart to Russia to compete in the World Cup Qualifying Tournament (a tournament second only to the Olympics).
Canterbury Oast Trust
Instead of sending Christmas cards, PHSC plc makes a donation each year to Canterbury Oast Trust (COT). This is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Kent and East Sussex. COT creates opportunities for those who would not be able to look after themselves outside a safe and supportive environment. Quality of life is enhanced by involvement in a real choice of programmes, many of which are in COT’s own self help ventures.
When COT launched the “Great Kent Challenge” to raise funding to finish and fit out its function hall, the Falcons Centre, PHSC donated the funds necessary to purchase certain fire safety materials.
Maidstone police office Steve Haynes sought sponsorship for a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro in aid of Scope. Scope is a national disability organisation whose focus is on people with cerebral palsy.
Scope's aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.
Steve said “Many thanks to PHSC for their generous donation of £1,000. Their generosity secured my place on the event”.
Steve Haynes reaches the highest point in Africa on 19 June 2005.
Donations have been made in lieu of sending Christmas cards. Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. We do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.
Youth Sport Achievement Awards
In each year since 1998, PHSC has provided the trophies presented at the annual Maidstone Youth Sport Achievement Awards. These awards are is the biggest celebration of sport in Maidstone and honour individuals, teams and schools that have shown dedication, improvement and sporting success, over the year.
The awards are not just about celebrating high level achievers but also those that have shown extraordinary effort and dedication. The awards are organised by Maidstone Borough Council’s Sports, Play and Youth Development Team.
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Georgina secures Bronze for GB at St Petersburg
Georgina Varley, sponsored by PHSC plc, achieved medal success in St Petersburg, Russia, in April 2012. Competing in the 23rd European Championships for Trampoline, Georgina set a personal best in the qualifying stages and maintained her form in the final of the Senior Women’s competition to bring home the Bronze Medal in the Double Mini Trampoline discipline.
Commenting on her performance, Georgina said: “This is a dream come true and is the highlight of my career. I have put in years of hard work and training and it has all paid off with this medal. Standing on the podium and representing Team GB at the European Championships was an emotional moment, and it shows that consistency and dedication can pay off. Since returning, I have been overwhelmed by messages of support and congratulations. Now my confidence is as high as it’s ever been and I am looking forward to the repeating my success when I go to the National Championships at Birmingham in July.
Stephen King, CEO of PHSC plc said “I am so pleased for Georgina. I know the huge level of commitment she shows to the sport and it is a privilege to have played a role in her success.
A number of junior football teams have had funds donated by PHSC subsidiaries to enable them to obtain new kit. These include Cuxton 91, Larksfield Juniors, Wormshill Cub Pack, and FC Bracknell Under 7's. In addition, we sponsor Cirencester Town FC’s 2009-10 Development Squad. http://www.cirentownfc.com/developmentteam/
We provided the official camp badge to the Territorial Guide and Scout Camp.
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QLM have purchased equipment for Northleach Primary School, and assisted in the operation of the Northleach School open air pool. They also support the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools.
Aylesford Under 5's Pre-school
Responding to a headline the local paper: “Pre-school faces funds crisis”, PHSC made a financial donation that helped to secure the future of the group. We also helped them with photocopying and mailing out appeal letters to other businesses.
Opportunities in employment
RSA Environmental Health have taken on a young worker through the Apprenticeship in Business and Administration scheme administered by Education Development International (EDI). This allows the individual to play a useful role in the company and receive a salary whilst continuing to attend college for further education.
Personnel Health & Safety Consultants have also made a place available to an apprenctice studying business administration. This involves internal training supported by regular visits through a Kent County Council agency to monitor progress against a Learning Agreement.
Thurrock Council for Voluntary Service is an infrastructure organisation that supports voluntary and community based organisations in Thurrock. The certificate below was presented to ALS by Thurrock CVS for donating old IT equipment to one of their associated organisations that carries out refurbishment and sends them off to Africa.
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Kent Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
The Kent Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (KASBAH) was founded by a group of parents of children with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in 1966 with a desire to help other families in circumstances similar to their own.
PHSC plc have supported KASBAH projects and their fundraising events, however, the main link between us and KASBAH is via PHSC plc non-executive director Graham Webb MBE who was born with Spina Bifida. In a personal capacity Graham and his family have given substantial assistance to the charity, both in terms of finance and their ongoing involvement and support at grass roots level.
Young People Littleport
Based in Cambridgeshire, YPL started out as a youth centre in a derelict building but has now evolved into a community centre. Their aims are to assist and develop people regardless of age and disabilities. This is achieved by providing informal educational opportunities and leisure activities to develop mental, physical, social and spiritual needs.
YPL had acquired some remote controlled racing cars and needed sand-filled firehose to form the safety barrier for the track. The original source of funding for the firehose couldn’t deliver, so YPL had to try and raise funding elsewhere. PHSC agreed to match the monies already collected, enabling the safety barrier to be obtained.