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One word to describe the past 15 months. Challenging - would you agree?
Vickie Pugh, sales director at Pure Washrooms, a leading washroom service provider for facilities across the West Midlands, reflects on the pandemic and why Pure chose to look outside of the business to make a difference, selecting three charities to support this year.
"Like most business owners we had to act fast to adapt to meet the changing needs of our clients throughout the pandemic - all the while making sure we kept our colleagues safe. We are immensely proud of how our team pulled together," she says.
"However, it is the not-for-profit organisations we felt for, some of whom we have as clients. Through no fault of their own they have been unable to carry out their planned fundraising activities and no one could have forecast that, putting even their most essential initiatives at risk.
"We made the decision to do what we could to help local causes and over the past 15 months have supported three such organisations, two of whom are clients. Firstly, Solihull Moors FC, who are more than just a grassroots football club and even before the pandemic were making a big difference to the local community. More recently they have put welfare calls in place to check in on vulnerable fans and operated a food and toy bank to help those who need it most."
Pure Washrooms has also supported, CRASAC, a Rape Crisis Centre based in Coventry which provides specialist helpline services, counselling, and advocacy support to all those who have been affected by rape or sexual violence.
"I often join our customer care technicians for the day to catch up with customers old and new," adds Vickie. "Recently on one such visit, I had the pleasure of meeting the team at CRASAC and was so impressed with the work they did, I felt compelled to make an immediate donation of £1000 on behalf of Pure Washrooms. Our donation will go towards frontline specialist support services which are provided free of charge to victims and survivors."
Pure Washrooms final donation was made to the charity ERIC, The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity whose vision is 'For all children and young people to live a healthy and happy life regardless of any bladder or bowel issue they may face.'
"We came across ERIC while searching for a charity relating to our washroom business," explains Vickie. "We were horrified by their research into the detrimental effect these conditions can have on education and how important it is for schools to provide safe and clean washrooms facilities, a mission close to our hearts. We work with a number of nurseries and schools and supporting this initiative was an easy decision to make.
As we enter the second half of 2021, Pure Washrooms is now looking to the future and wishes every success to its fellow members. Here's to a safer, healthier, and happier second half of the year."
22nd July 2021