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Kiwi Recruitment Team dedicate their weekend to giving back to the local Community.

The Community is important to us at Kiwi Recruitment. Passionate about not becoming ‘just another recruitment company’.

We love working with local businesses and charities to feed in to our wonderful community. This weekend we really got out and about!

Starting on Friday, Kiwi proudly sponsored the Lifetime Dedication Award at Spirit FM’s Local Hero Awards ceremony.

All the Awards, awaiting their Hero!

This award was particularly special, to be given to someone who has gone that extra mile to achieve so much with their life.

We had the absolute pleasure of meeting and spending the evening with John Wright, who has spent more than 70 years giving up his time to train lifesaving skills to generations and share his wealth of experience with countless other volunteers.

He’s helped save thousands of lives in that time, starting in 1948 – you could say he’s spent longer at St John than the Queen has on the throne – it’s a remarkable achievement. 

Incredibly Ella, who nominated John, was taught first aid by him, as was her dad and her granddad. So, this man really has taught generations. Watch the video (above), created by the wonderful media team at Spirit FM to learn more about why John is so deserving of this award.

You can visit https://www.spiritfm.net/heroes/2018-winners/ to read up on the rest of the Heroes who were celebrated on Friday evening at a fabulous ceremony, the 12th year Spirit FM have held this heart-warming recognition.

All of this years Heroes, celebrated at the beautiful ceremony.

Kiwi MD Brendon Cook, presenting the award and cheque to John, winner of the Lifetime Dedication Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, on Saturday arrived the much-anticipated Big Sleep Out, an event held by Stonepillow to raise funds to assist with their goal to permanently end rough sleeping.

Founded in 1989, Stonepillow provides a lifeline for homeless people with hubs, hostels and supported accommodation in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Incredibly, in the past year, 208 people have accessed their services and 108 people have moved into a home of their own.

MD Brendon, with his home for the evening

They have supported hundreds of clients to regain their independence, many of whom would still be sleeping rough on the streets without their help.

The Big Sleep Out is Stonepillow’s annual event, where hundreds of locals gather to build cardboard shelters and sleep the night in the grounds of Chichester Catherdral to gain insight into the reality of rough sleeping. Kiwi Recruitment proudly sponsor this event and will be the overall sponsor for years to come, being such an important cause, we are proud to support Stonepillow.

This year, being our first Big Sleep Out, we wanted to make a statement with our build, so in dedication of one of our best Clients, Goodwood, we attempted to recreate Goodwood House using cardboard boxes!

Brendon slept beside the house in a water-tight cardboard creation to understand the challenges of ‘sleeping rough’

Managing Director, Brendon Cook, then braved the stormy weather and slept under a cardboard tent to protect him from the downpours that occurred around 4am on Sunday morning.

Brendon was lucky to stay dry, but so many of those who brave this reality everyday may not have had that comfort.

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can do so here.

 

 

 

Here is a selection of the wonderful builds we saw on Saturday!

On Sunday afternoon, Brendon enjoyed a well deserved rest with his lovely patient family who gave up their husband & dad for a weekend of activity.

Brendon giving the thumbs up to braving the downpours that occurred early on Sunday morning.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped the team plan, prepare and execute what was a fantastically fun and rewarding weekend supporting fantastic causes.

 

If you would like to collaborate with the Kiwi Team on a future fundraiser, please contact us via [email protected]

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