As part of our commitment to the local community we donate both materials, time and money to both national and a number of local charities either holding company events or joining as part of a team in local challenges. We have in the past held cake competitions, organised walks and bike rides to raise money.
hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation Therapy)
We recently donated some sand to hArt to create a fire pit at Batchley Farm.
This charity exists to offer creative therapeutic and recreational activities to support mental health, well-being and wider social issues in people of all ages and abilities.
The image shows Paul Brockman who taught his woodman skills at a recent session at hArt.
Photo credit: Martin Pettett from hArt
We had an update from Denise on the memorial tournament that was held in honour of Paul - well done to Jack and his team for taking part.
"The tournament today was in memory of Paul, Jack’s team he plays for are Broadridge Heath and the tournament, hats and lunch was all used by the money, once again thank you to everybody that gave to this.
We had a great day even though we lost out on penalties in the Semi-finals.
The boys really enjoyed their day and Paul would of loved it."
The NMSB team got in to the Halloween spirit with a pumpkin carving competition. All money raised has gone to Oakhaven Hospice. I think you'll agree that they are all spook-tactular.
Summer BBQ & Photography Competition 2017
We held our Summer BBQ and Photography Competition in July as the finale to the Oakhaven £100 Challenge.
The event included a Photography Competition featuring Landscapes, and Aspects Of Work. Winners photographed deer in the New Forest and snakes at our Masters Pit near Wareham. Raffle prizes donated by suppliers included a weekend driving a sports car, electrical items, tools, toys, and a family ticket for a visit to Exbury Gardens.
The fundraiser collected another £1105.50 on the day and the final total for the challenge raised £2296.26 which the company rounded up to £5000.00 . At the end of the challenge all the companies taking part had delivered £14000.00. to boost the Oakhaven funds.
The 2016 Christmas decoration competition was held at Caird Avenue Head office to raise money for Oakhaven Hospice. The Accounts Team won with their Santa’s Grotto and the event raised £670.00. The cheque was received by David Watson from Oakhaven.
The whole office was decorated and everyone wore their festive hats and jumpers for the day.
The New Milton branch of The Royal British Legion launched its’ Poppy Appeal at our Caird Avenue Head Office on 19th October. New Milton trucks proudly wore their poppies and the total raised for this year’s appeal in New Milton was £18437.33.
Included in the total was over £165.00 donated by our customers and staff through collection boxes at our depots across the area.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause to benefit both our present servicemen and women and modern veterans.
Rugby Club Fun Day
New Milton Rugby Club held a family fun day during the summer and SMS Skips were pleased to donate a skip for the event. We also made a financial contribution towards the cost of a new scoreboard at the ground.
The day was a huge success, persuading over 500 young people to try a new sport. The dog show also attracted more than 150 four legged friends in lively games and competitions.
Sponsored Cycle Ride and Barbeque
Staff and friends took part in a sponsored cycle ride in June to raise funds for Oakhaven Hospice in Pennington. The cyclists started from Masters Pit near Wareham, rode across Studland to the Sandbanks ferry and along the Poole and Bournemouth promenade to Southbourne before peddling through Christchurch and finishing at Head Office in New Milton. After tucking in to a tasty barbeque, the sponsorship and collection boxes raised £1271.59 for the hospice.
Reception at Coda Music Trust
A conversion project to convert a former piggery into music studios was completed this summer at Coda Music Trust in Walkford. A small evening reception was held to thank supporters and friends for their hard work. The trust is an innovative resource creating music to benefit the wellbeing for all sections of our community. We were happy to donate materials for the project and for the ongoing maintenance of the Coda site.