Sony UK TEC continues to provide support to charities & local community

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) has reflected on 2021 and all the challenges that required answering during the ongoing global Covid pandemic. During the last 12 months, the Sony UK Pencoed-based facility has continued to work closely with local schools, businesses, and charities to make a difference within the local community.

The manufacturing centre has worked with their nominated charity, the Princess of Wales Hospital, for a number of years, and during 2021, they continued their support of the hospital’s vital work with the donation of breast pumps, hot cots, and other valuable equipment and room refurbishments. Additionally, the Sony UK Tech Centre hosted a charity golf day at the Celtic Manor Resort (in accordance with social distancing/Covid-19 protection guidelines), as well as having an internal sporting memorabilia silent auction in aid of the hospital’s children’s ward. As we speak, over £170,000 has been raised for the hospital, not to mention the goods & services that were also provided to the Hospital

Sony UK TEC’s CSR team has taken part in numerous charitable initiatives during the year, with direct donations made within the local community, as well as matched fundraising for the fundraising events that were held that included a charity skydive, Gower Ultra 50-mile run, and a 100-mile cycle ride. The CSR team also encouraged employees to take part in a:

  • Baking competition in support of Cerebral Palsy Cymru

  • A ‘Wear it Yellow or Red Day’ supporting Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

  • A Halloween Fancy Dress in support of Tenovus Cancer Care

  • ‘Movember’ where donations were made to Men’s Health

  • Christmas Jumper Day in support of the Princess of Wales Hospital’s children’s ward

During the summer, UK TEC supported the City Hospice ‘Forever Flowers Campaign’, where they joined members of the public in remembering the lives of family members and friends tragically lost during the pandemic. Limited-edition enamelled metal flowers, designed by the British Ironwork Centre, were displayed at Cardiff Castle in remembrance.

Recently, the Sony UK TEC team supported ‘The Crisp Packet Project’, where crisp packets that were eaten at the facility were sent away and converted into insulated and waterproof blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless.

At Christmas, Sony UK Technology Centre created a ‘Christmas Spirit Tree’. The tree displayed tags for Team Players to pick, detailing donatee information (age, etc.) and a specified charity name (Emmaus or Tŷ Hafan). Staff then donated gifts, and the CSR team delivered them to the charities during Christmas week. 400 selection boxes were also donated to local schools for providing the facility with virtual Christmas Carols which were displayed on screens across the Pencoed site.

Now 2021 is over, the Sony UK TEC team plan to continue their support of the local community and charities in 2022, with their first planned activity of the year being the launch of ‘The Hope Campaign Calendar’, a 2022 calendar containing pictures taken by staff during lockdown. The calendars will be sold internally with funds raised donated to the Princess of Wales Hospital. The Sony UK TEC team are excited to sponsor the long-awaited return of the High Sheriff Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards, aimed at celebrating the young people in Mid Glamorgan for making outstanding contributions either at home or in the community during 2021.

Sony UK TEC’s Director of Professional Services, Gerald Kelly, said: “We are so proud of the fantastic efforts put in by our team this year in aid of such fantastic charities and our local community.

“This year has been extremely difficult for everyone, and we are so pleased that we have been able to provide support and give back to causes which many of us UK TEC hold close to our hearts.

“We are delighted that the money we have raised will go towards supporting the incredible work being carried out.

“The various fundraising activities we have taken part in during 2021 provided a much-needed sense of joy for all involved and we will continue our commitment to supporting such fantastic causes in the year ahead.”

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