2020, has been a tough year in many ways. There has been a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety, isolation and challenges. Although we cannot change the situation, many positives shone throughout the year, which has highlighted a sense of togetherness, community and compassion.
Kloeckner Cares Initiatives
Last year Kloeckner Metals UK ran numerous Kloeckner Cares Impact programmes that were created to raise awareness and funds for various causes.
The 2020 Breast Cancer Campaign
In October during #BreastCancerAwareness Month, we were supporting and raising awareness about Breast Cancer in various ways:
- Two of our trucks were dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the entire month, our trucks travelled 12,238.35 miles across the UK.
- Our team wore pink on the 23rd of October.
- Our Breast Cancer campaign reached over 72,000 people across social media.
- Kloeckner Metals UK also donated much-needed funds to the Cancer Research Now charity.
Mission Christmas Campaign
Every year we collect gifts to donate to Mission Christmas. Last year, however, we haven’t been able to collect donations due to the COVID19 restrictions. Many employees chose to donate their Xmas vouchers.
Last year we have sponsored:
- U9 Tilbury Football Club
- Don Valley Vikings Ice Hockey
- Malton & Norton RUFC
Our employees can apply to support their local teams through Kloeckner Cares. Typically, our employees volunteer or coach these teams.
Royal British Legion
Our trucks all donned poppies in support of the Royal British Legion. We also donated funds to The Royal British Legion to demonstrate our continued support to members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families.
Kloeckner Staff Initiatives
Every small act of kindness can have a significant impact. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our team members who have gone above and beyond to serve their community during challenging times. At Kloeckner we are immensely proud of our staff who have shown such initiative.
Ewan is a valuable member of our Kloeckner Transport Team. Ewan assisted a pregnant lady in distress on the road and stayed with her until the emergency services could get to her. The lady’s partner later rang us to thank Ewan.
Nic went above and beyond to serve his community during the pandemic. He organised a foodbank every evening to help the people in his local community and offered to make care packages and deliver them to the people that needed them the most.
Jonothan Curtis was lucky enough to obtain a ballot place in the London Marathon last year. Instead of being cheered on by thousands of spectators, Jono and his mate Nick completed the first-ever Virtual London Marathon at the rainy Willen Lakes in Milton Keynes! Jono was raising money for Headway Northampton, a unique facility that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been extremely challenging for the NHS to get the blood it needs. Social distancing means they are getting fewer people at donation sessions and, of course, people are isolating, ill or just less willing. James has type O-negative blood which makes him a universal blood donor. He gave his 25th donation last year.
He also signed up to the Royal Voluntary Service Community Responder scheme to assist people in the community who are ‘shielding’ or ‘isolating’. He was on ‘stand by’ for 1,092 hours.
William works as a Warehouse Operative at our Edinburgh site; when he is not at work, he devotes a considerable part of his spare time to the community. Before Kloeckner, William was a qualified (formerly class 2) football referee for some 20 years with the Scottish Football Association; he retired a couple of years ago. Still, he remained a Lifetime Member of the Edinburgh and District Referees Association. Retirement didn’t stop William though; he now volunteers on a Saturday to watch and advise new referees, basically coaching the referees of the future. William has also been involved in youth level football at Tynecastle FC for around eight years; he is currently in charge of his 3rd different team. William states that he wanted to ‘give back’ to football after doing the refereeing for a long time, especially the grassroots, youth game.
Mark Allard works as a Business Development Manager at the Edinburgh site. In his ‘downtime’ he has been keeping his friends and neighbours entertained during the lockdown. It wasn’t easy after a few weeks of not seeing friends, relatives, etc. Mark took it upon himself to put his musical talents to good use. He decided to do a sing-a-long every other Saturday both in the Cul-de-Sac (in his street) and also online for about 90 minutes. He has since started an online ‘sing-along’ page which now has over 300 members, and is still growing. This was all designed to keep people’s spirits up during the lockdown, a true sense of community spirit there!
Laurence Washbrook and his daughter slept rough to raise awareness and money for the homeless. They spent a night sleeping rough in a cardboard box to raise funds for Birmingham City Mission and their work with the homeless.
Kloeckner supports volunteering & fundraising initiatives of our employees by matching the amounts raised!
Well done to you all of you, we’re very proud of you!