News Oct 2023

CRASH celebrates Corporate Patrons and partner charities at annual event

The CRASH Corporate Patrons’ Reception and Above and Beyond Awards is an annual celebratory event to recognise companies and individuals who have gone the extra mile to support CRASH. The evening also gave a platform to four of the charities CRASH has supported over the last 12 months, giving guests an opportunity to hear first-hand how their commitment to CRASH impacts the lives of people experiencing homelessness and those receiving hospice care.

CRASH presented ‘Loyalty Awards’ to six Corporate Patrons who have partnered with CRASH for 25, 20, 15 and 10 years.

The Loyalty Award Winners

  • 25 Years as a Corporate Patron: Knauf
  • 20 Years as a Corporate Patron: AECOM
  • 15 Years as a Corporate Patron: Bauder
  • 15 Years as a Corporate Patron: Hilti GB
  • 10 Years as a Corporate Patron: AkzoNobel – Dulux Decorator Centre
  • 10 Years as a Corporate Patron: Areen Design

The Above and Beyond Awards, started by Francesca Roberts, Chief Executive at CRASH recognise the Corporate Patron companies who have contributed the most professional expertise, products, fundraising and directly supported the most projects.

Above & Beyond Award Winners

  • Exceptional Fundraising: Reds 10
  • Exceptional Volunteering: Beale & Co
  • Donating the most product to Charity projects: Dulux Decorator Centre
  • Donating the most professional expertise to charity projects: VolkerFitzpatrick
  • Contribution to the most charity projects: Arcadis

A Special Recognition award was handed to Chris Hayward and The NMBS (National Merchant Buying Society) for ongoing commitment to championing the work of CRASH through fundraising events and promotion of important appeals, such as The Christmas Card Appeal.

During the presentation, Francesca Roberts spoke to 4 charities about their work, and how CRASH has helped them with their buildings. Francesca moved around the room, with guests following to hear first-hand the incredible work undertaken daily by Ashgate Hospice, Emmaus Hertfordshire, Kairos Community Trust and St Christopher’s Hospice and the impact of the patron’s support.

Following the presentations, guests could meet and speak with the charities at individual stands to learn more about the challenges each organisation face and the highlights of their valuable work in the charity sector.

To close the presentations Francesca presented two individuals with The Tony Denison Award. This award is named after CRASH founder, and former industry professional Tony Denison. It celebrates individuals who share Tony’s values and qualities, such as compassion and commitment to helping people. CRASH was pleased to present Anne Cartwright of The Manna, and Amanda Dubarry of Your Place with this award to recognise each of their incredible contribution to the homelessness sector.

Arcadis, Galliford Try and Heidelberg Materials generously sponsored the evening, so the event could be held at no cost to CRASH or donations. Including delicious CRASH Cupcakes for guests to enjoy!

Guests also had the opportunity to pledge their support of CRASH’s Christmas card appeal and sign up to learn more about fundraising opportunities from the upcoming ‘Santa in the City’ fun runs and events to get excited for in 2024.

Special Recognition Award and The Tony Denison Award Winners

  • Special Recognition Award: Chris Hayward and The NMBS
  • The Tony Denison Award: Anne Cartwright, The Manna
  • The Tony Denison Award: Amanda Dubarry, Your Place

Construction Photographer, Mike O’Dwyer donated his services to capture the evening.

See all photos here.

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