Our aim is to build a better society. And we’ve already made some great steps, from investing in later-living community housing to long-term clean energy solutions. But with the Covid-19 pandemic, our society and the communities within it are struggling more than ever.
So far we have donated £50,000 to the Sun’s appeal for NHS charities, £50,000 to Royal Voluntary Service and have increased our match-funding limit for individual employees from £500 per year to £5,000, for charities related to or affected by Covid-19. Infrastructure in which we have invested is also playing its part: we have provided distribution space, training space and parking spaces for NHS workers across our Bracknell town centre development, while the Alderley Park Bruntwood SciTech site in Cheshire, in which we have a 50% stake, is a key part of the UK’s Covid-19 testing efforts.
But as well as supporting the nationwide effort, we wanted to help individual communities. So we launched an emergency community fund of £500,000 for charities and voluntary groups all over the UK. We received an incredible 600+ applications and are supporting a variety of organisations. Here is a glimpse of what just some of the beneficiaries are doing to support society’s most vulnerable through the crisis.