Let the race begin – Bywaters takes part in the Spartan Race
Our very own Andrew White (Head of Business) aims to complete the last of the Reebok Spartan Races on 30th September 2017. These races are described as challenging, brutal and rewarding, with participants running in mud and water, climbing hills and mountains, crawling under barbed wire and jumping fire. By the time Andrew finishes on 30 September he will have run more than 38km, overcoming 75 obstacles over three races. Andrew takes part in these gruelling races to raise money for London’s Bromley-by-Bow Centre – a local community centre in one of the UK’s most economically-deprived boroughs (http://www.bbbc.org.uk/).
Bywaters has been operating out of Leyton in East London for over 60 years and the firm is firmly rooted in its community. The family-owned firm, which has pledged to increase its support for local initiatives, takes immense pride in their role as a local business and employer, encouraging staff to engage in a wide range of activities to give something back to those who need it most.
The Bromley-by-Bow Centre (BBBC) is an innovative community organisation in East London that works with over 2,000 people each month, supporting families, young people and adults to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives. They support people across a range of projects and services in four main ways:
- Supporting people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles
- Empowering people to learn new skills
- Guiding people to become less grant-dependent and to find work
- Providing the tools to create an enterprising community
The Centre’s core ethos is grounded in a belief in people and in their capacity to achieve amazing things.
Bywaters supports the Bromley-By-Bow Centre through various initiatives, as well as by donating time and money to the Centre. Bywaters’ employees have assisted the Centre with their CV workshops to help those struggling to get back into work. They have helped the Centre with computer literacy coaching and strongly endorsed their numerous social inclusion events, such as volunteering during art classes for the over 50’s; volunteering for organised walks; and supporting the community sports day. Members of the Bywaters team have also taken part in a 10k run in Regents Park to raise money for the Centre. Bywaters also donates office furniture for the Centre to improve office facilities and communal areas.
Members of the Bywaters team will be present at the Reebok Spartan Races on 30th September to cheer Andrew on, and will hand out re-usable water bottles and re-usable bags.
Bywaters makes a huge commitment to its community. Tower Hamlets is one of the poorest boroughs in London, with a high child poverty rate. The firm supports the Bromley-By-Bow Centre because it can offer support to those in need with regards to their health, wellbeing, inclusion and happiness.
John Glover is a strong believer in the importance of contributing to the local community. As he says, “We really cherish our partnership with the Bromley-By-Bow Centre as they offer invaluable support to the local community. We think it’s fantastic that our staff can contribute in a small but significant way. We look forward to maintaining this meaningful partnership well into the future.”