December 16, 2021

  • Road maintenance company raises £38k for good causes

As 2021 draws to a close, leading road maintenance company BEAR Scotland is proud to reveal that it has delivered almost £38,000 to 28 charity and community initiatives throughout Scotland in the last 12 months.

Joanna Buggy, BEAR Scotland Engagement Manager, leads the company’s dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility team and says:

“This achievement is testament to BEAR’s commitment to deliver a positive footprint within the communities where we operate. This has been achieved as a result of a combination of employee engagement, supplier fundraising and corporate donations. It is very much a team effort that we’re very proud of.”

Charity focus

BEAR donated over £15,000 to its long-standing charity partners, Cash for Kids, SAMH, My Name’5 Doddie and RBLI, as a result of various initiatives from a corporate charity golf tournament to sponsoring fundraising challenges as well as corporate donations.

In addition to this, in 2021 BEAR employees voted on one national charity partner for the year as well as six regional charity partners.

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), the resulting national charity partner for 2021 benefited from a £5,800 boost thanks to various fundraising efforts including the KiltWalk, 100 miles in October and Christmas Jumper Day.

Lori Downie, SCAA (Community Fundraiser) said: “We’re so grateful to BEAR’s employees for voting us as their charity partner for 2021 and organising the various fundraising initiatives. It means the world to us. Our work just wouldn’t be possible without such fantastic efforts.”

Each of the nominated regional charities were awarded a £1,000 corporate donation. These causes included Perth Autism Support, Steps to Hope, International Otter Survival Fund, Highland Hospice, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Lochaber Mountain Rescue.

Employees literally went the extra step for Highland Hospice raising a further £1,200 by abseiling off the Kessock Bridge and also for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home – donating a host of pet products including food, toys and beds in addition to the core donation.

BEAR demonstrated support for employees’ fundraising challenges for MyelomaUK, Rookie Minds, CHAS and Movember with corporate donations.

Community benefits

BEAR Scotland also supports community projects and initiatives. In 2021 it has donated £4,500 donated to projects including:

  • Police Scotland’s Prevent anti-crime campaign
  • West Lothian Litter Pickers
  • Inverness School
  • Hawick High School
  • Selkirk Community Planters
  • Tay Trampoline Club
  • Auchengeich Colliery Memorial Committee
  • Bathgate Thistle Youth Football Club
  • Plastic Free Fife
  • Queensferry Pipe Band
  • Kingussie Christmas Light Fund
  • Murrayburn Nursery
  • Five in a Row – 2021 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge raising funds for Reverse Rett