Entec Si supports local community with charity work

25 September 2020 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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In response to the succession of crises hitting Britain in 2020, Birmingham-based change consultancy Entec Si has stepped up its local charity drive throughout the pandemic. During lockdown, this saw the firm’s consultants drop off essential items to local charities, as well as raising hundreds of pounds for local hospice services.

The environment for non-profits and charities is looking increasingly bleak in the UK. Dwindling donations and a fall in state funding had already pressured such organisations recent years, while the year-long crisis of Covid-19 has seen many organisations tested to breaking point.

As a result, consulting firms have stepped up their support for the third sector over 2020. Earlier in the year, Peninsula raised over £200,000 for a children's hospital charity, while Consistency's UK team recently launched a 1,200 mile cycle ride for charity. Now, Birmingham-based business change consultancy Entec Si has announced it has put giving back at the top of its to-do list, with employees taking part in both a charity shop drop-off and a marathon.Entec Si supports local community with charity workEman Al-Hillawi, Principal Consultant and Co-Founder of Entec Si, said, “Supporting the local community has always been important to us. A people-focused approach is central to our organisation and we are proud to reflect that in both our transformation projects and our activities outside of work. In the current environment, it’s vital to do what we can to help those who work hard to make a difference.”

First, in an effort to battle the issues of waste and fast fashion, the Entec Si team has chosen items they know will be of use to the community to donate. Donations of clothes, toys, books and other reusable goods were made to both Age UK and KIT – a charity which provides baby items free of charge to families in need of extra support.

On top of this, Project Coordinator Shaun Richards is upping the ante by running a marathon on 26 September in aid of Primrose Hospice, which hospice cares for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Richards’ father, Terry, spent the end of his life in the hospice’s care, passing at the age of 56 to lung and bone cancer, and now Richards wants to help the organisation which relies heavily on donations in order to continue to function.

The marathon run was initially supposed to take place in Brighton, however with the UK now implementing regional lockdowns, Richards has opted to create a route along Birmingham’s canal paths. A Just Giving page set up for the run has already raised close to £500.

Commenting on his efforts, Richards said, “This will hopefully give the hospice a well-deserved boost and keep this vital service going. I’ve never run a marathon before, and expect it be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to pushing myself.”