90 Goodwill Gestures Completed Ma’am

Hooray, we did it!  We, along with our colleagues at Squab Group, completed our challenge to carry out 90 gestures of goodwill.  Launched last year to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, we’re delighted to say that we reached the magic number.  Just in time for Her Majesty’s 91st birthday on 21st April.

It’s no secret that our friendly team at Box-it Central likes to help others. And this initiative has certainly proved it. Doing ‘good things’ to help other people has been a thoroughly enjoyable, rewarding experience.  If you would like to know what we have been doing, then here are a few highlights:

Julie Waterhouse, more normally found in our document scanning room, bravely completed a tandem skydive and raised £500 for the British Heart Foundation.  Meanwhile, many of the Box-it team members have been supporting other charities, both on a national and more local level.  These included baking for Children in Need, and making clothing donations to Macmillan and Oxfam.

Julie Waterhouse doing her charity skydive

Staying local, we donated boxes to Warwick Gates Centre for Relational Care to help with their collections, and offered our support by making donations to the Leamington Night Shelter and Leamington Food Bank.  We also supported the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

We haven’t just helped people, we have helped animals too. For example, who couldn’t resist a dog called Mr Darcy? Box-it’s Marie Hardy certainly couldn’t and is showing her support by sponsoring the divine Mr Darcy at the Dogs Trust.  There’s also been dog walking, horse grooming and exercising as our kindly folk at Box-it Central have helped neighbours and friends care for their four-legged friends.

There were other types of gestures too. Richard Marsh, a member of our Operations team, organised a visit from Rio Olympic Hockey Gold Medallist, Lily Owsley OBE to Leamington Hockey Club Junior Training back in March.

And then have there been small, but nonetheless, very thoughtful gestures exchanged between colleagues, their family members and friends which have brightened up the day, such as bringing in some delicious home-baked treats, cooking meals, helping to share duties when individuals have been under pressure, giving lifts to neighbours to save them using the bus and carrying out gardening/DIY tasks, and many more.

We rose to the challenge, and we are very proud to have completed it. Thank you to everyone who has been following our progress. They say that ‘you get what you give’ and we have certainly got a lot of pleasure out of giving up a little time to help others. And we hope this ‘caring’ side shines through all we do, not least when it comes to looking after our clients and providing a friendly and efficient document management service.


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