Arco spreads a little kindness with £5,000 donation

As the UK’s leading safety company, with a wealth of experience in responding to a crisis, Arco has played a key role in the UK’s response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the company, staff have made an outstanding contribution to support their customers and the charities and communities close to their hearts. .

There are many examples of teams going the extra mile and at the Arco Clothing Centre in Preston, staff and their families joined together during lockdown to support their ‘Spread a Little Kindness’ competition and raised over £5,000 for charity.

The competition was to design a rainbow that could be made, coloured or sewn and entries were so high that the competition was split into four categories, adults, family, 10 years and over and under 10s.  After much deliberation by the judges, the overall winner was Julia Gruszka from the 10 years and over group, with her winning rainbow design featuring a colourful hard hat.  It was the winner who chose the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to receive the £5,000 donation.

Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising at the Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to have been chosen by Julia to receive this wonderful donation of £5,000 from Arco, which will help make a huge difference to our clinical colleagues, who constantly go the extra mile!  Recently they have been called upon to work in ways that we could never have anticipated, supporting patients and their relatives in some of the most challenging circumstances.  Now it is time to give a little back to these amazing people and help them recover by investing in things that improve their physical and mental well-being so that they too are given space to recover and can continue to provide the very best patient care, long after the worst of this is over. 

We have also been asked to mark the lives of those lost, and so we are also raising funds to provide memorial gardens across our hospitals, this will leave a lasting legacy for families and for staff who lost also lost colleagues and friends to this dreadful disease, helping them to come to terms with their loss and helping them in their journey to acceptance.  Thank you once again for supporting us this will enable Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to give a little back to those that who have given so much.’ 

With its core purpose of keeping people safe and work and supporting frontline workers, Arco has donated £300k to charities related to COVID-19, introducing Arco Community Coronavirus Grants to help local projects support those in need during lockdown, and more recently a £250k donation has been given to the National Emergencies Trust, to support its work helping victims at the time of domestic disaster.