By building sustainable partnerships and supporting local projects the communities we serve become better places in which to live and work.
And it’s not just about raising money, it’s about getting involved, so that our people’s skills and positive attributes have a wider impact. We believe that these many small contributions take the business into the heart of our communities and help to enrich the careers and boost the morale and team spirit of all those that get involved.
Our people get results for charity partners
We work with many charities across the UK but we do try to concentrate our fundraising efforts for our long standing charity partner. We work with a charity partner for three years, nominated and voted for by our employees. Our people have helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years for charities who’ve really needed our help.
Through our charity partnerships we work with small charities who help young people fulfil their potential. Employees, encouraged by our network of charity champions, raise funds through activities that include sports events, payroll giving, raffles, quizzes, appeals and challenges, with the business matching any funds raised. Teenage Cancer Trust is our charity partner until March 2018.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. They fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.
They also educate young people in schools about cancer to help improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
The Prince’s Trust - Inspiring young lives
In 2012 we became a patron of the The Prince's Trust , the UK's leading youth charity. As a patron of the Trust we’re committed to helping young people achieve their full potential through training, personal development, business support, mentoring and advice.
The Trust aims to change lives by offering training, personal development, business start-up support, mentoring and advice to young people. This year we have hosted and supported events to help The Trust expand its work in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Supporting our local community
As a business with headquarters in Hull, we place particular focus on the community support in the city and East Yorkshire area. We employee over 1,000 people in the region, support a further 400 full-time local jobs and contribute more than £100m to the local economy.
In 2011 we launched our award winning ‘KCOM in the Community’ programme 'Proud to be part of local life’. The programme is all about how we can help make the area a better place to live, work and visit. And in 2016 we announced that we are the Principal Communications Partner for Hull City of Culture 2017, pledging to promote digital connectivity and creativity during Hull’s year in the cultural limelight.
Employee grants and donations
We run a community scheme, where we award grants to community projects, events and charities nominated by our people across the UK – helping them to support local causes close to their hearts. These grants have included buying equipment for a youth sports club, setting up a chess club and days out for pupils of a special school.
We focus the majority of our fundraising efforts on our charity partner, but recognise that there are many charities our people support during their own time. For this reason, we offer advice, promotional support and donations to kick-start many employees' fundraising for any charitable event.
Finally, we take part in many national charity appeals. These include: Movember for Prostate Cancer, Jeans for Genes appeal, Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need.