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In 2013 Hull-based family business, SPS Group, celebrated its 21st year of providing quality cleaning and security services across the North of England.
The company, which has almost 1,000 employees, wanted to mark their 21st anniversary by giving something back to the communities in which they operate, so they pledged to raise or donate £21,000 as part of their giving back and community engagement pledges.
All members of staff were involved in the fundraising efforts, from home-cooked team lunches, where staff made enough food for the whole team at the head office in Hull, to the more energetic exercise-bike ride held in the Merseyway Shopping Centre in Stockport.
The teams from SPS Technical and ICS Cleaning gave their time and equipment to support the Hull Esteem Consortium’s makeover of the Hull Families Project premises on Greenwood Avenue in Hull by fitting a new intruder alarm system, and undertaking a much-needed builders’ cleans once the refurbishment works were completed.
Marketing Manager, Kate Carroll, ran a charity five-a-side football tournament as part of the annual Humber Business Week events, raising almost £2,000 for the Smile Foundation.  Kate also worked closely with the Smile Foundation team to run their inaugural Red and Black Ball, raising almost £8,000 for Sunshine House children’s facility in Hull.
John Beharrell, Managing Director for SPS Security, said: “We wanted to do something different to mark this milestone in our business, and having so many employees across so many sites enabled us to do that.
“This is a tremendous achievement for everybody who got involved in all of the challenges, from the very physical to people giving their free weekends to do charity work to help others.  A huge thanks to all of our employees for helping us over the £21,000 fundraising target.”
Other fundraising came from entering a corporate challenge team in Hull’s 10k, sponsorship and involvement in many charity runs, bike rides, and successfully shaking buckets at high profile Christmas light switch-on events in the shopping centres the company provides a facilities management service for.