Giving something back

Realia has throughout its history been very supportive of a number of rugby teams and events. The business has always placed a great deal of importance in ‘giving something back’ to the sport that is so close to its heart – and in turn supporting a number of fantastic charities. Below are just some of the highlights from Realia’s CSR programme…

Publication of a charity cookbook

Geoff Redfearn was a close friend of Realia Directors, Paul and Nicola Williamson. The Realia Marketing team also got to know Geoff after participating in an ‘away day’ that he organised. Sadly, Geoff passed away after a sudden illness in February 2018. And when Geoff’s recipe notes were discovered in his restaurant Paul and Nicola decided that they could not simply leave them to gather dust on a kitchen shelf. What better way to honor a chef than by publishing his recipes recreated by his family and friends. Realia dedicted its time and resources to design and publish the cook book. Over £3,000 was raised through book sales and memorial donations for The Growing Space charity which supports mental health in the community by providing gardening activities. Since the donation the Growing Space team has developed ‘Geoff’s Place’ an outdoor area where larger groups of people can come together to take part in activities and reflect. Read more in our case study or find out how to purchase your copy here.

Christmas Shoebox donation

In 2018, Realia team members took part in a local initiative, The Giving Tree Campaign, to fill a shoebox with gifts for Christmas. The contents included items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, food, drink, treats, pens, gloves and small toys. The shoeboxes were then given as Christmas gifts to vulnerable and homeless people.

Marlowe Theatre Christmas pantomime ticket giveaway

For several years now Realia has purchased pantomime tickets to giveaway in their local community. One year, the tickets were donated to families at a children’s hospice and in 2018 people were asked to nominate a friend who deserved a treat.

The Care Workers Charity Donation 2017

After sponsoring the Kent Care Awards, we further showed our support for local charities and care workers in Kent by donating £500 to the Care Workers Charity. The rainy-day fund for everyday heroes provides care and assistance for current, former and retired care workers. It offers help advice and hardship grants for people who work, or have worked, in the UK care profession and are experiencing financial hardship. To find out more about The Care Workers Charity, click here: https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/

Sponsor of the Kent Integrated Care Awards 2017

The Kent Integrated Care Awards 2017 celebrates the work carried out in the care sector in Kent. The second annual awards ceremony took place on the 29th September at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone and had 16 award categories in total.
We sponsored the ‘Care Team of the Year’ category which celebrates teams from care homes, home care services, and learning difficulties and mental health, who have demonstrated dedication, strong team ethic and quality care over the past year. You can find out more about the Kent Integrated Care Awards here: http://www.kica.care/kent-care-awards-home/

Sponsor of Moody Cows 7s Rugby since 2010

The Moody Cows are an invitational women’s 7’s team, comprising players from a number of top flight Premiership teams and internationally capped players from the top rugby nations including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Canada. Renowned at tournaments as far afield as Stockholm and Dubai for their success on the field, the Moody Cows are also well known for their very unique brand of Friesian print playing shirts. Co-founded by the late Kay Booker, the Moody Cows run a number of charitable events every year to raise fund for Macmillan Cancer Support. You can find out more about the Moody Cows here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moody-Cows-Rugby/10806512929198

Corporate sponsor of Marlowe Theatre since 2015

The Marlowe Theatre actively promotes creativity, offers us great networking opportunities and is of course a terrific venue. We are therefore delighted to be associated with such a successful, creative and iconic organisation. You can find out more about The Marlowe Theatre here: http://www.marlowetheatre.com/

Sponsor of the Shepway Sports Trust Awards since 2015

‘Enhancing Lifestyles Through Sport’ the Shepway Sports Trust looks to engage with schools and sports clubs to reach out to a diverse population and provide a sense of togetherness and wellbeing through a single entity. The Shepway Sports Trust Awards recognise those local sporting heroes. You can find out more about the Shepway Sports Trust here: http://www.shepwaysportstrust.org/

Supporter of Abigail’s Footsteps since 2015

Abigail’s Footsteps was launched in 2010 by parents Jo and David Ward following the death of their daughter Abigail Ward who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation. Abigail’s Footsteps achieved charitable status on the 18th September 2012. The charity has two primary objectives: to improve the bereavement training that midwives and care staff receive and to improve the quality of supportive information that families receive if their family suffers a stillbirth.
17 babies are either stillborn or die a neonatal death every single day in the United Kingdom. From the purchase of cold cots, the production of an award winning awareness film – The Deafening Silence’ through to the provision of bereavement training for midwives and advice for parents; Abigail’s Footsteps is dedicated to doing all it can to try and ease the pain endured by parents and their families during those first days and weeks after losing a child.
Paul Williamson is a trustee of the Charity and Realia Marketing is actively supporting Abigail’s Footsteps by delivering brand and marketing communications support. In 2015 Realia donated a proportion of all revenues from new business wins as well as holding fundraising events; raising a total of £2,500 in order to buy a cold cot – a piece of equipment designed to keep a baby’s body cool after it’s death, allowing parents and families more time to create memories and as a result, in some small way help reduce the stress of losing a child so early in its life. To find out more about Abigail’s Footsteps please visit: http://www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk/

Sponsor of Castle Cary RFC since 2007

Celebrating its 125thanniversary in 2014, Castle Cary RFC is widely regarded as one of the friendliest and best-run clubs in Somerset. Realia has sponsored both the women’s and men’s 1st XV as well as youth rugby events and is a strong supporter of Kays Cary 7s and Macmillan Cancer Support every year. You can find out more about Castle Cary RFC here: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/castlecary/

Sponsor of Kays Cary 7s since 2010

Kay Booker was just 39 when she lost her brave battle against cancer in July 2009. A ‘Cary girl’, Kay represented women’s rugby both commercially and as a player, supporting Castle Cary RFC, Rosslyn Park FC, Moody Cows 7s, Bristol Rugby and England Women’s Rugby. Kays Cary 7s is a tournament dedicated to a woman who lived and breathed rugby, laughs and friends. Attended by over 20 teams, the tournament raises in excess of £3,000 every year for Macmillan Cancer Support. You can find out more about Kays Cary 7s here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/184854458210473/?fref=ts