Giving back to our communities

Giving back to our communities

On Friday 2 June, we raised over £7,500 for charity … and we’re not finished yet.

Whether we’re mountaineers or bucketeers, we’re all getting behind CSR at Utilitywise

Recently I shared with you our plans for our Utilitywise Charity Day 2017. I’m pleased to say that, on Friday 2 June, we raised over £7,500 for our chosen charities.

Our charities were all nominated and voted for by our colleagues across the Utilitywise Group:

Just over a week has passed since the big day. At all of our office locations, colleagues had the chance to take part in all sorts of different fundraising activities. Amongst all the bake sales, karaoke, and haircuts, a couple of stand out: “Managers in the Water Stocks” proved particularly popular at our HQ in Newcastle, while in Redditch our team organised a charity football match at Redditch FC.

Managers in the Water Stocks Utilitywise plc
Managers in the Water Stocks 2 Utilitywise plc

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I think it’s fair to say that everybody enjoyed the opportunity to have some Friday fun while raising money for these brilliant causes. In fact, I’m pleased to say that our colleagues were so enthusiastic that their fundraising efforts didn’t stop after 2 June. On Saturday 10 June, two teams from Utilitywise took part in Water Aid’s Mountain Challenge. One team reached the summit of Skiddaw in some atrocious weather, while the second team completed the Ashness circuit.

Water Aid’s Mountain Challenge Utilitywise plc
Water Aid’s Challenge Utilitywise plc

Next month some of our colleagues will be taking part in the Coast to Coast cycling challenge. It will be tough, but the team is training hard and we’re 100% confident they’ll be equal to the task.

So far we’ve raised a total of £7,500. We’ll share our final total next month.

Our financial year is drawing to a close, and we’re about to begin drawing up a CSR strategy which will allow every colleague at Utilitywise the opportunity and time to give back to local communities. I hope you’re looking forward to our plans as much as I am.

Adrienne McFarland

Posted by on Thursday, the 15. June at 11.04

Adrienne McFarland joined Utilitywise in January 2016 as HR Director. She was previously Director of Talent, Organisation Design and Leadership Development at Nestle UK Limited. Before that she spent 11 years at The Sage Group PLC in a variety of leadership roles, including Global Head of Talent, Regional HR Director for AAMEA, and Chief People Officer for the UK. Adrienne’s track record is about leading and delivering global change management programmes, on all areas of strategic HR, across global matrix organisations and leading international teams. This is achieved by working with CEOs and senior business leaders to deliver organisational goals through people. Adrienne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was featured in HR magazine’s list of Most influential Practitioners within the UK Manufacturing Sector in 2014.