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Cadent Community Volunteering

3 June 2020

Community Champions
Cadent staff load up a van with food bank donations.

West Midlands gas distributor Cadent is throwing its weight behind the national effort to help the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. Cadent's employees are being offered two days of paid volunteer leave each month to support local organisations during their working hours – and its led to some heart-warming stories of kindness across the region.

  • Staff from across Birmingham have raided their cupboards, added extra items to their shopping lists and given £500 in cash to donate van-loads of food to the Narthex Sparkhill and Erdington Foodbanks in Birmingham and the Acorns Hospice, Walsall. "Colleagues from across Birmingham dug deep to help out," said organiser, engineer Habib Rehman.
  • Black Country staff went the extra mile to lift the spirits of youngsters in Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital over Easter. The team shelled out 500 to buy Easter eggs for children and staff at the hospital. The Caden team were so generous they were able to use the additional funds to buy toys for the children's ward.
  • Gas engineer Stewart Gibbs has been supporting vulnerable neighbours in his hometown of Henley-in-Arden by shopping and picking up prescriptions for those self-isolating. Stewart’s help has been described as a ‘god-send’ by his neighbours.
  • Finance manager Gurpreet Virk raised more than £1,200 for NHS Charities Together by sharing his musical talents online. After delighting colleagues with an impromptu concert, he recorded the performance and put it on Facebook as a charity fundraiser, pledging to donate £1 for every comment received and encouraging others to chip in to.
  • Inspired by the weekly Clap for Our Carers, five Black Country gas engineers went one step further to show their appreciation for NHS staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic in Dudley. A team of emergency engineers clubbed together to buy a banner expressing their thanks to hard-working staff at Russells Hall Hospital. The banner is now taking pride of place outside the building.

Cadent Chief Executive Steve Fraser said: "We are a community-based company with a strong track record in supporting vulnerable people. In a time of national crisis we felt it was right to step up that support for those who most need our help."