Working in Partnership
Oakhaven Hospice have been our charity of the year since 2016. This local charity does so much for the community and is important to so many of our employees too.
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.
For our fundraising in 2017 we entered the Oakhaven £100 challenge. Mainly focussed on food, there were many baking challenges across the company from making pancakes to cupcakes. We also held a staff BBQ and ran a photography competition. Raising £2296.
We kicked off our Oakhaven £100 Challenge in 2018 with a 5 mile walk around the New Forest. We started at Wilverley Plain and finished at the Rising Sun Pub for a bit of refreshment.
We also took part in a sponsored cycle ride to raise further funds for Oakhaven Hospice. The cyclists started from our Wareham quarry, 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 into a tasty barbeque, the sponsorship and collection boxes raised £1271.59 for the hospice. In total this year we raised £5000.
We were very pleased to be presented with the Teamwork Trophy 2019 from Oakhaven Hospice. Events this year included:
- a company dress down day
- community easter egg raffle
- a ‘Jail and Bail’ activity (which was lots of fun)
In total we raised £2,860.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic we were unable to do our normal fundraising activities in 2020 and 2021. However, we still managed to raise money for this important charity. We held a raffle through our sites and builder’s merchants which raised £405 and provided a further £2000 to fund the Oakhaven marque where they hosted their summer events.
Arnewood School Memorial Garden
We are really excited to be working alongside local trades to be supporting a group of students from the Arnewood School, to create a memorial garden as part of their Student Leadership qualification with the SSAT.
Initial meetings have taken place to scope out the designs and works will commence in the Summer 2022.
We were pleased to donate 3 bulk bags of Golden Shingle to Creative Kids for their first ever arts, crafts, and music festival!
Creative Kids is a wonderful organisation who are celebrating 14 years of inspiring voluntary work that encourages young minds to explore the arts.
We donated one and a half tonnes of sharp sand to Nicks farm in Throop, Dorset.
Nicks farm is a community allotment, with an aim to sell plants and vegetables to raise money for the NHS staff fund at the Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals.
£7,000 has been raised so far to donate to the hospitals - which is amazing news! We are really happy to have helped the local community with this initiative.
Provision of our Skips
We have provided the use of one of our skips and disposal of the waste at various events around the local area including:
- New Forest Marathon
- New Milton Fireworks Display
Lions Club Easter CelebrationsNMSB provided funding for the event in 2022.
hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation Therapy)
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.
We donated sand to hArt to create a fire pit at Batchley Farm.
Photo credit: Martin Pettett from hArt
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.
Photo Credit: New Milton Advertiser & Times
Coda Music Trust
We were happy to donate materials for the project to convert a former piggery into music studios and for the ongoing maintenance of the Coda site.
The trust is an innovative resource creating music to benefit the wellbeing of our community.
To benefit our community, we installed a public access defibrillator cabinet on the front of our Head Office building on Caird Avenue.
If you are ever in need, dial 999 for the location and the access code to your nearest box.
You can download the ‘Save a Life’ App on your phone or tablet to find your nearest defibrillator in the UK.
Barton on Sea WW1 Obelisk
Our founder Herbert H Drew built the commemorative obelisk to pay tribute to the to a First World War convalescent depot that treated Indian troops.
We will hopefully be providing further materials in 2022 to support the newly formed “Friends of the Indian Soldiers Memorial” with a new wall and seating area.
We were very honoured to have been asked to sponsor a silent soldier. New Milton Town Council and Royal British Legion for Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight have done a fantastic job and it's a great way to pay respect to those who gave so much during World War I.