Now more than ever kindness and community have come to the fore in our everyday lives. Small acts of compassion are making a huge difference across the UK as the people come together to support each other through the difficult times we are facing. Individuals, teams and companies are doing what they can to support their local areas and Windsor based events agency Penguins (a DRPG company) are doing their small bit to help the community they have formed part of for over 30 years.
The events and incentive travel teams have been taking part in several local initiatives raising money for local charities, organising donations and creating artwork to send to vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals. “Art from the Heart” is an initiative encouraging people to create a piece of art, whether that’s a drawing, a poem or just some nice words to be included in some of the 50 care packages being donated by Age UK Berkshire to bring some positivity to those in need, who are unable to receive visitors, to cheer them up and show them that someone is thinking of them.
As we all know, key workers are going above and beyond right now and Penguins wanted to try and help the staff at local hospitals with care packages including food and essentials (and of course some Penguin bars) so they don’t have to spend their spare time shopping. They also included spare PPE gear which is in short supply nationwide and in the local communities including pharmacies and GP surgeries. Donations of gloves, face masks, plastic aprons and shoe covers from friends and families in professions such as beauty therapists, private physio therapists, construction workers, were collected and sent to NHS staff to help ease the dearth.
They have also been forming teams to take part in various challenges as part of the 2.6 Challenge to raise money for local charity Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. These challenges include walking or running 2.6 miles each day for 10 days, baking 26 cakes to donate to Project Wingman at Wexham Park Hospital, 26 yoga poses, a 26 themed HIIT session, 260 burpees and the list goes on.
Amy Ward, Project Manager at Penguins, has spearheaded the initiatives, “So much about of our jobs involves working and connecting with lots of people. The current lockdown situation has limited this aspect of our careers that we truly love so we wanted to find other ways to reach out and connect with people, especially those most in need.”
Mark Buist, MD of Penguins is proud of the work his team has been doing in these difficult times, “It is fantastic to see the initiative taken by all our team members and their commitment to supporting the community we have served for so long. I am proud to see the results of all their work and to be part of a team that is determined to bring smiles to people’s faces even in these tough times.”
Having smashed their themed target of £2,600, the team raised over £3,000 for the charity they have supporting since it was founded in 2007.
To see more and to donate visit their Just Giving Page