News: Hargreaves Foundry CRASH in Brighton

12 September 2014

This headline isn't as bad as it sounds. MD Michael Hinchliffe and Andy Knight, Foundry Manager, were delighted to get involved with construction industry charity CRASH in Brighton.

The invitation came from Phil Sullivan (Senior Projects Director at Argent) and Mick Kelly (Projects Director at BAM).

Having successfully completed a significant construction phase at Kings Cross Phil and Mick wanted to celebrate the achievement with something more than a few drinks. Argent is a patron of CRASH and asked them to suggest a suitable volunteering project, one that could utilise the skills of Kings Cross contactors, sub contractors and supply chain. Thanks to Hargreaves involvement in One Pancras Square Michael and Andy were asked if they would like to participate.

CRASH approached Emmaus Brighton and Hove, a homeless community which the charity has been working with for a number of years. The challenge provided for the volunteers was preparing the groundwork and then seeding what will eventually become a wild flower garden and meadow. In addition there was some paintwork required for the main shop and a shingle area that needed replacing with paving to allow wheelchair access.

The day turned out to be a real success. Everyone got stuck in and completed the tasks set for them. Phil Sullivan was delighted, "The team had a really fun day working with the Trustees and companions and were buzzing about their achievements." Michael Hinchliffe added "We were delighted that Hargreaves were invited to get involved. It's always good to maintain partnerships in business, but it was also a lot of fun and hopefully will improve lives for the Emmaus community."

The team included volunteers from Argent, BAM and Aecom as well as teams from Gardiner Theobold, Allies and Morrison, David Eagle, AKT, David Chipperfield Architects, Townshend, Hargreaves Foundry, Hall and Kay, Structal, Severfield, Knight Asphalt and Willerby Landscapes. Donations of equipment and materials came from CRASH patrons A-Plant and Dulux Trade as well as Jewson and Chandlers Building Supplies.

Perhaps the final word should be from Ana, an Emmaus companion who said "We are so grateful for everything that has been done. This is not just a shop or a garden; this is a home. More than 40 people live here in this community and this will make such a difference to our lives. Thank you."

The Busy Bees - Volunteers and Companions

The Busy Bees - Volunteers and Companions