Social responsibility is a big part of what we stand for here at Cardinal. Each year our charity committee the Cardinal Trust nominates a number of charities – local, national and international – to support. Our staff raise funds through taking part in a host of activities throughout the year, including sponsored runs and bike rides, our monthly dress down day, and many more. We feel it’s a great opportunity for our team members to bond, to engage with the wider community, and to give something back and share our success with those in need.
Here are some of the charities currently supported by the Cardinal Trust.
Bambisanani Partnership St.Mary’s School, Menston, Leeds
The Bambisanani Partnership is a unique initiative developed by St. Mary’s School, Menston and Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The partnership has gained international acclaim for its work using sport as a catalyst to develop international understanding, education, health and leadership.
The partnership has established an ambitious plan, which involves students and teachers from both countries being involved in exchange visits. The initiative also funds forty Aids orphans into Mnyakanya School and provides much needed school equipment. In the long term, it is hoped that funding will be used to build proper toilets at Mnyakanya School, which serves one of the poorest communities in South Africa.
During a visit to St. Mary’s, Andrew Smithurst, Managing Director of Cardinal Maritime.com, spent time with pupils at Mnyakanya School who have set up a business called ‘Bambisanani Enterprises’. Year 7 student Adam Varley said, “Andrew is involved in business all over the world, and as part of our business involves importing and exporting it was great to get advice and ideas from him. All our profits go to support the Bambisanani Partnership, so the better we are at business, the more we can do in South Africa.”
Through The Cardinal Trust we have been working closely with St. Mary’s for several years on this project and we are committed to helping them for many more years to come.
“Cardinal Maritime have been very supportive from the onset of this development by shipping much needed equipment to Mnyakanya School at no cost and providing us with valuable financial support. The Bambisanani Partnership is making a difference to young people in both countries and the continued support from Cardinal Maritime will help us make even more of a difference.”
Assistant Headteacher and founder of the Bambisanani Partnership
Donna’s Dream House, Blackpool, UK www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk
Donna’s Dream House in Blackpool is a trust providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families. Whilst the voluntary team at Donna’s Dream House provides the expertise, enthusiasm and administration, it is the generosity of many companies, organisations and individuals in raising and donating money that makes it possible to bring not only sunshine and fun into children’s lives, but a sense of wonder, adventure, laughter and a much-needed holiday in Blackpool for the whole family.
The Cardinal Cyclists have supported the house in 2013 and 2014 by undertaking the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride, raising much needed funds for the charity. Some members of the team have visited the charity to see the fantastic work that it does and to meet the volunteers whose hard work makes all the difference to families in a time of great need.
The Wellspring Centre, Stockport, UK www.thewellspring.co.uk
The Wellspring is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people, based in Stockport town centre. Providing much needed items such as food, bedding, toiletries and shower facilities as well as help and advice, the Wellspring is dependent on donations in order to continue to provide their much-needed services.
Each year our team of runners take to the streets of Manchester to run the BUPA 10k Great Manchester Run to raise funds for the Wellspring, raising thousands of pounds each time. Every Christmas our staff also bring in much needed supplies of food, toiletries and clothing to make a special delivery to the Wellspring centre. We hope that we can provide some help and comfort to the most vulnerable members of society in what can be one of the toughest times of year for those without the everyday comforts and support that most of us take for granted.
Haveley Hey Junior School, Manchester www.haveleyhey.manchester.sch.uk
Over recent years the Cardinal Trust has supported Haveley Hey in providing financial assistance to their child residential programme. The programme is designed to fund holidays and recreational activities for under-privileged children within the school and local area, and is a scheme close to the heart of The Captain.
Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society www.stockportcp.co.uk
The most recent addition to our roster of local charities is the Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, who provide a wide range of activities and support for adults and children with physical and/or learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. Stockport CP particularly focus on individuals with the most complex needs and currently support over 700 people across the North West to live a more independent life.
By sponsoring one of the charity’s specially adapted minibuses, the Cardinal Trust is able to provide a much needed resource allowing Stockport CP to reach out into the community, and to deliver a range of events and services throughout a remarkably wide area. We’re proud to be able to support the work of this very worthwhile organisation.