Redwood Team Stories
When you employ highly motivated people, you can expect them to lead full and rewarding lives. Many members of the Redwood Technologies Group team get involved in their own voluntary and charitable activities and the Group is happy to support them wherever it can.
Save the Children
On 16th December 2016, Redwood took part in a national Christmas Jumper Day and held a cake sale to raise money for Save the Children.
The national campaign encouraged people to wear their silliest sweater and donate money in an effort to make a huge difference to children’s lives across the globe.
Colleagues donned their best festive jumpers, as well as enjoying an array of cakes and treats donated and baked by a number of people in the office. They were able to raise £138.42 for Save the Children, who use donations to fund a number of projects worldwide that help to save children’s lives.
In summer 2016, colleagues at Redwood organised a cake sale in the office to raise money for Cancer Research UK. They collected nearly £150, which was generously matched by the Group.
Colleagues in the Administration Department also took part in the Pretty Muddy Run, a 5K mud-covered obstacle course held at Windsor Racecourse and organised by Cancer Research UK. A women-only event, those taking part had to make their way through various bright pink obstacles, including nets, tyres, and slides, all whilst battling through thick mud. This impressive effort raised nearly £900 for the team.
Starlight Shooting Challenge
In 2011, Redwood Technologies took part in a shooting challenge in support of Starlight, the children’s charity that grants the wishes of seriously and terminally ill youngsters across the UK.
Highclere Castle was the impressive backdrop for the challenge and the Redwood contingent – comprising both staff and clients – competed for glory across the stunning Berkshire estate.
The team contributed prizes for an auction in the Castle, and then joined opponents in a furious round of bidding, spending £10,000 in support of Starlight.
Funds raised at the 2011 shoot pushed the overall total to an impressive £1.5 million since the event began– a tremendous boost for a charity that Martin Taylor, CMO of Redwood Technologies, holds in high esteem.
Berkshire, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 47 wildlife trusts working across Britain to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife. The BBOWT was established in 1959 by local ecologists and to date it has more than 1,300 active volunteers and over 50,000 members.
In 2008, Martin Taylor went down to BBOWT’s Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve, near Redwood’s Bracknell headquarters, to greet a new arrival of cattle purchased with a donation of £2,000 from the company.
Wildmoor Heath is a valuable remnant of Berkshire heathland that is home to many rare plants, birds and invertebrates. Cattle are grazed at the reserve to help prevent coarse grasses from taking over the site, and to allow internationally important heathland species to flourish.
“We are extremely grateful to Redwood Technologies for donating the money to purchase five new Dexter cows,” says Andy Coulson-Phillips, Berkshire Reserves Manager for BBOWT.
“Dexters are perfect for this task as they are small and light, doing less damage to the ground on wet sites, while being able to eat rough grasses. They will form a valuable part of our Berkshire reserves team.”
Martin Taylor said: “Redwood has always pursued environmentally responsible business practices, developing carbon efficient technologies, while reducing waste and paper consumption. We are also committed to supporting other green initiatives, like BBOWT, so we were happy to steer some funds the Trust’s way.”
Birdsall Really Wild Clay Day
On 15th May 2006, Redwood Technologies’ team participated in The Birdsall Really Wild Clay Day shooting drive in Yorkshire. The Redwood-sponsored clay pigeon shooting event brought together a number of companies, who helped raise in excess of £110,000 for the NSPCC.