As we begin a new year, we’re reflecting on 2019 with a roundup of all things B2. Driven by our values, with people and our communities at the heart of our business, there’s been lots to celebrate. This not only makes us a great team to be a part of, but also great people to work with.
We raised our fundraising target to £3,000 for the year’s chosen charity, Cherish Wrecsam. The cause is close to the hearts of B2 employees who have benefited from the support given to vulnerable babies and their families during their stay at the Wrexham Special Care Baby Unit.
B2’s Operations Manager, Ian Challinor explains, “Dylan, my son would not be alive if it wasn’t for the care he received in Wrexham SCBU. Cherish give a better start in life to the tiny or sick babies and their families who have been treated and cared for on the unit. The charity also put us in touch with other parents of children with the same condition as Dylan which really helped, and we have made lifelong friends. A lot of the nurses that work on the unit are also part of the charity, so it is a real community feel”. Ian is pictured here with his youngest son Aaron, whom is 4 months old and also spent a short time in the unit late last year.
Fundraising activities throughout the year have made a big difference to our total raised. From curry nights and buffet lunches to an Easter bake off and inter office competitions, both the Deeside and St Asaph offices have really shown how it’s done. The Arena Group annual conference saw the team digging deep and office table football and darts tournaments brought our competitive sides out. We even had an epic head-to-head table football tournament between our MD, Peter and Arena Group’s MD, Adrian. The B2 side came out on top with Peter smashing Adrian out of the park (10-3), but that’s not important 😉
A highlight of this year’s efforts was Cherish Dozen, a challenge to circumnavigate Anglesey on the 140-mile-long Coastal Path. It was a very wet and windy day, but the team kept in good spirits and even enjoyed a pit stop or two at some of the pubs along the way. Highlights (or lowlights) from the day included a chase from a cow, a submerged path, a couple of falls and many soaked team members. All in all, a great day was had, providing many memorable moments for the team.
A great effort by the B2 team throughout the year meant that we successfully hit our target, raising £3,000 for Cherish Wrecsam. You can still donate to our JustGiving page here.
Strategic partnerships in the community
Some key local partnerships were continued in 2019 in the form of the Glad fest and Wales Rally events.
2019 was the fifth year that B2 has been a technical partner for the legendary Wales Rally GB, part of the World Rally Championship. The B2 team were quietly on hand behind the scenes with copy and print devices and support to ensure the rally, marshalls’ and media offices were running smoothly.
B2 was more than eager to get involved with the action, particularly with encouraging young people to partake in STEM activities at the Big Bang event. This was a great success and saw around 9,500 people enter its doors, including some 1,536 school/college students. Our pit stop challenge with a difference saw participants race one another to complete a series of steps on an MFD and we unveiled a tribute to Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza in the form of a ‘pimped up’ copier.
We also maintained support for the literary festival Glad Fest, organised by Gladstone’s Library, which includes events to encourage young people in the community to get creative. As recipients of B2’s IT and document management services, it’s also great to give something back to a valued customer to help secure their ongoing success.
The story continues….
As we step into a new decade in 2020, our partnerships will be renewed and efforts to support significant local causes and communities will be sustained. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our 2020 chosen charity and partnerships. Better still, get in touch to learn more about working for or with the B2 team by browsing our website or contact us for a chat!