We recognise that our most valuable asset is our people. We also recognise that through our employees and stakeholders we are part of a wider community, therefore we are committed to continuing to develop our corporate social responsibility. There are many worthwhile charities and organisations in need of support. Each year we support a nominated charity by organising events to raise funds. As a local company providing sustainable employment, the chosen charity is always one that is focused around benefiting local communities.
Charities of the Year for 2019 – Northern Ireland Air Ambulance and Northern Ireland Hospice
At the Wilson Group we believe in putting a little back into the community and have raised over £20,000 in the past 2 years for our chosen charities.
Every year we support a local charity and clients, staff and our suppliers are always enthusiastic and generous in giving their support.
In 2017 our chosen charity was The MS Society for which we raised £9,750 through various fundraising events.
In 2018 the charity we supported was Northern Ireland Air Ambulance.
Desmond Wilson, Managing Director of the Wilson Group said, ‘there was a great response to our appeal last year. We organised open days and various other events at our Homes, our annual clay pigeon shoot and a night at the races bringing in a fantastic total of £12,675’.
In 2019 we have chosen to again sponsor the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance and also the Northern Ireland Hospice.
The Air ambulance had its first flight in July 2017. it can reach any part of Northern Ireland within 25 minutes, slashing transport time to hospitals and because there are medics on board, treatment can begin on the scene. It will save lives and it is great that we now have this facility now in Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Hospice is also a local charity delivering symptom management end of life palliative care, specialist rehabilitation and respite care for infants, children and adults.
Mr Wilson commented ‘we always choose charities which fit out ethos as a company and listen to the views of our staff which is why in 2019 we have decided to share the money we raise with two such worthwhile charities.’ ‘I can’t think of two better causes to support than the Air Ambulance and the NI Hospice.’
This year we have decided to focus our efforts on Action Mental Health. It’s a subject we can very much relate to. We are looking forward to doing lots of different and exciting fundraising activities over the coming months. We hope that the money raised will help make a difference to those affected by mental health challenges.
Action Mental Health aims to provide people with the skills to build a better future, set personal goals, develop coping skills, re-engage with society and become more employable. The money raised will be spent in the local community, directly benefiting those living with mental illnesses and will be used to provide support for people managing long-term conditions, people living with alcohol abuse and other mental health and disability challenges.
Link to Action Mental Health’s website: http://www.amh.org.uk.
In 2014 our staff raised funds by organising events to support the work of Stroke Association. Wilson Group has supported many other worthwhile charities over the years including Alzheimer’s Society, Huntingtons, Multiple Sclerosis, Prince’s Trust and Northern Ireland’s Hospice and Children’s Hospice.