Novartis brings global initiative to local causes

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 May 2017

FIVE groups of employees from Grimsby’s Novartis site joined 24,500 colleagues in 52 countries across six continents to mark the pharmaceutical giant’s 21st annual Community Partnership Day.

The associates volunteered their rime to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work, supporting social institutions and non-profit organisations.

The single day, on Thursday, May 11, saw more than 187,000 hours of combined community service gifted.

 “Community Partnership Day demonstrates the massive potential for good that we can achieve on a global scale when we unite to lend a helping hand to people who need our support,” said Joe Jimenez, chief executive of Novartis. 

At Grimsby, new site head Cynthia Chiaramitara was helping with a big clean up with The Rock Foundation, where a team supports adults with learning disabilities. 

A team of five spent the day cleaning facilities.

VOLUNTEERS WITH VINYL: Assiociates help with St Andrew's Hospice eBay sales.

Foundation chief executive Pam Hodge said: “The team were quite frankly brilliant and achieved a huge amount in the given time. Everyone gave their very best and pitched in.”

Over in Healing, a team undertook a variety of tasks, including sweeping an entire tennis court and strimming and tidying the surroundings, as well as painting out graffiti on a nearby wall.  “It is now a much nicer area for the village to enjoy,”  chair of Healing Parish Council, Ian Smith, said afterwards.

He added: “You have broken the back of what was a quite daunting task, especially with the clearance of the tennis courts. Hopefully, with the delivery of the new posts and nets in the next couple of weeks we will have a decent set of courts available for all ages to enjoy as the weather now improves into the summer.”

There was also outside work needed at New Waltham Academy, where Novartis volunteers helped with the “forest area”, pruning and clearing weeds and also digging raised beds, washing railings and generally sprucing things up.

One of our Novartis retirees joined his wife and others for more outdoor renovations at Holton-le-Clay Infant School.  They had to reinstate a living willow tunnel as well as getting the strimmers out to tame the outlying areas of the playground.  

Finally another Novartis retiree greeted the team of three who went to the St Andrew’s Hospice eBay centre, where suitable donations are offered for sale online, thus raising more money than they would just sold in the shops. 
On site at Moody Lane the team was also taking donations for the British Heart Foundation and the Grimsby Food Kitchen.

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