Corporate Social Responsibility
We believe that it is crucial to our core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. We want to achieve financial success, but we also want to create value for our stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything we do, and is deeply embedded in our core company values. These values influence our approach to work and guide the way we treat our employees, our customers and grow our business.
Kingdom’s Legal Manager, Steve Foster, will soon be looking very different, as he is going to be shaving off his trademark pony tail to help make wigs for children without hair. As well as donating his hair, Steve is also raising money for the charity that provides the wigs at the same time.
Steve has been with Kingdom since the company was first founded by CEO Terry Barton BA (Hons) back in 1993, so celebrated his 25-year anniversary with the company last month at the same time as Kingdom celebrated its 25-year anniversary. Steve has worked in every department at Kingdom over the last 25 years, and last year was presented with a CEO Award last year for his commitment, dedication and contribution to the company.
Commenting on his fundraising efforts, Steve said: “The ponytail is going. My hairline at the front is getting further and further back and I figured that whilst it is still not too grey to be used it would be great to donate it to a charity to make wigs for children that unfortunately don’t have any.”
Kingdom colleagues have once again been collecting items for a local food bank, this time for the St Helens Foodbank, near to Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.
Following the donation, Kingdom received an email from the Reverend Helen Coffey of Holy Trinity, Downall Green and St Andrew’s, Garswood, saying:
Thank you so much for the generous donation of tins and packets for our local foodbank that John Shirley dropped off last week.
Kingdom is very pleased to be supporting Lily Wallace, who is the daughter of Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Wallace. Lily (pictured) is currently raising money to go on an expedition to Vietnam with her school, Woldgate School.
Lily will be travelling to Vietnam in July 2019 for 18 days along with around 15-20 fellow students. She will be completing a trek and a project that will see her working with local people there and dedicating her time to helping both the local community and the environment. The project will also give her the opportunity to develop her leadership skills.
In order to do this, Lily needs to raise £3,495 over the next 16 months. She is aiming to raise the money in lots of different ways, which have so far included packing bags at her local Sainsburys supermarket, asking friends and family members to fill Smarties tubes with 20p coins, and aiming to fill a local restaurant with people in order to receive a “kick back” from the restaurant.
Kingdom was very pleased recently to sponsor a local U9 rugby league team in order to help them to purchase their rugby kit for this next season.
The team is the Portico Vine Panther Golds U9s, one of seven teams that make up Portico Vine ARLFC, a vibrant, innovative community rugby league club that is run by volunteers and based on the outskirts of St. Helens, near to Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. As well as St Helens, the teams have a number of players from the surrounding areas including Prescott, Knowsley, Huyton and Whiston. The club has over twenty years experience of producing quality rugby league players and are currently running Junior, Youth and Open Age Teams. They are always on the lookout for new or experienced players to join their ever-growing club.
One of the players in the team, Ryan is the son of Kingdom’s Team Leader Co-Ordinator Martin Hughes, who is also the team manager. The photos below are of the new kit, which includes Kingdom’s logo on the arms. Kingdom’s logo has also been added to the sponsors section of their website - https://www.porticoarlfc.com/club-sponsors, to the banner at the top of the website, and we have been mentioned and thanked in the team’s news section on their page.
Last year, Kingdom placed advent calendars around their National Support Centre at Newton-le-Willows and gave each of their colleagues who work there a number so that they could open the calendars and get a chocolate.
This year, Kingdom has decided to go with an alternative “reverse advent calendar” approach, and has been encouraging colleagues to donate rather than receive an item, which Kingdom will collect and send to a local homeless appeal.
The appeal is for a charity called Teardrops Supporting the Homeless, a non-profitable organisation that was set up in March 2016 in a deprived area of nearby St Helens, Merseyside. The charity supports the homeless in St Helens, Halton and other surrounding urban areas in the North West of England, providing opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential after first meeting their basic needs. The charity was founded as there was no overall provision for homeless people in St Helens, only limited piecemeal services.
Members of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Remote Admin team (pictured right) are to carry out a sponsored walk just after the Christmas break to raise money to help the family of baby Logan Lacey.
Baby Logan’s father, Ben, is a member of that team. His son was born three weeks early on the 5th November 2017 with complete AVSD heart complaint.
Baby Logan remained in hospital from birth, and had his first operation to correct the problem at just two weeks old. Although this operation was a success, baby Logan fell ill with a chest infection and a collapsed lung shortly afterwards.