Eco-Friendly Company Fills Hampers As Well As Bottles this Christmas
Bio Productions, Burgess Hill based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products is no stranger to getting its hands dirty when it comes to charity events and community initiatives. Earlier this month, HR Manager, Sara Gibb, assisted with the Burgess Hill Christmas Hamper Project on behalf of her employer.
Sara said, “I can’t believe how much hard work goes into this project and how physically exhausted I was at the end of the day. However it was refreshing to know that so many businesses and their employees are out there to help with the local community, and those in need, at this time of year, but also the hard work that the food bank and other groups do all year round.”
Recent charity activities supported by Bio-Productions include the Breast Cancer Now, Wear it Pink Day when staff dressed in pink (for a charity donation) and competed for time off as well supporting Sara’s Race for Life Hike in aid of Cancer research, by boosting her sponsorship through initiatives such as a loose change pot in the company canteen and a Dress Down Friday where staff paid to come to work in casual clothing.
This community-minded company were also involved in an unusual request earlier this year, which saw them helping to convert one of their industrial bulk container’s into a hydro-therapy tank for the rehabilitation of a local dog, Bella. The whole company got behind the project. Although the company’s philosophy centres on recycling, it was the first of their containers that had been turned into a pool for pooches!
“We are passionate about being involved with and supporting the local community in any way we can. Most of our team are local and they make the company what it is today. We genuinely feel that contributing to charity and community initiatives is as good for the company as it is for those we support. Our environmental ethos underpins everything we do and this extends to our immediate surroundings as well as the emotional and physical wellbeing of our staff and the community.” Angela Gill, MD, Bio Productions.
The Burgess Hill Christmas Hamper Project sprung into life back in 1955, with the inception of the Burgess Hill Lions Club. In those days it was more about a bag of coal and some wood to keep the home fires burning. Things have developed since then and this year the project realised the creation of 280 hampers, bursting with basic food items and festive fare. This worthwhile project aims to help those who are struggling financially by helping their budgets to stretch a little further and add some festive cheer into the bargain.
This year, the project was organised by a group of local organisations including, Burgess Hill District Lions Club, The King’s Church Mid-Sussex, Burgess Hill Community Food Bank, Burgess Hill Youth, Burgess Hill Town Council and Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club. The scheme is jointly funded by Burgess Hill District Lions Club and The King’s Church Mid-Sussex along with additional funds donated by companies on Burgess Hill Business Park.
Following a publicity drive, donations were received in abundance and hampers were sorted and filled in early December, for delivery to the lucky recipients soon after. Donations were provided by a combination of local schools, colleges, business and individuals and over 30 people were involved in collecting, sorting, filling and delivering the Christmas Hampers.
“It was fantastic, especially at this time of year, to see everybody working towards this worthwhile initiative – it really was a team effort. The Hamper Project get’s better and better each year and we very much look forward to it continuing as long as there’s a need for it in our community.” Tony Parris, Burgess Hill Lions Club.