Mental health charity Growing Space is helping more clients to grow and heal thanks to two generous donations from local employer Admiral.
Local employer Admiral has helped Labradors in Need raise hundreds of pounds by providing a generator for the charity to use at its fundraising events. The donation was provided through Admiral’s Community Chest scheme which has donated to hundreds of charities and community groups through applications from its staff.
Labradors is a UK-wide charity that looks after dogs that need to be re-homed for a variety of reasons, such as neglect. They organise foster care for the labradors while they find permanent homes for them through a thorough application process.
Disabled children are learning to dance with their friends at Ty Gwyn School in Ely, Cardiff, thanks to local employer Admiral.
Admiral donated over £950 to ballet classes run by Flamingo Chicks at Ty Gwyn School in Ely. Flamingo Chicks is a company that runs ballet classes for children of all abilities throughout the UK. The donation from Admiral paid for much needed sensory equipment for dance classes in Cardiff schools, such as feathers, bells and scarves, as well as staff uniforms and training.
A Swansea based under 6s football team has a brand new kit, thanks to local employer Admiral.
Plough Colts Under 6s, from Brynhyfryd, received nearly £300 for their kit after Michael Philips, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, applied to the company’s Community Chest Scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sports teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
The donation paid for kits for the whole team and some extra training equipment.
Local employer Admiral Group has been recognised by the Welsh government for the high standard of health and wellbeing of its staff, through the Gold Corporate Health Standard award.
Run by the Welsh Government through Healthy Working Wales, the Corporate Health Standard (CHS) is the quality mark for workplace health promotion in Wales. The Standard recognises good practice and targets key preventable ill-health issues and the Health Challenge Wales priorities.
Admiral staff have donated over 2,500 Christmas presents to over 1,200 disadvantaged children in the Swansea area, through the Mr X Appeal. On average, all staff who took part donated at least two presents for their chosen child.
Local employer Admiral has come to the aid of St. John Cymru Youth Newport Division. The charity’s training aids were broken beyond repair so Admiral paid for brand new equipment costing £580.
Through their long running Community Chest Scheme, Admiral paid for a manikin family set and an anti-choking trainer, allowing the division to train volunteer members in vital lifesaving skills.
Stephen Marshall, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, and volunteers as a Cadet Officer for the charity, applied for the funds.
Local employer Admiral provided almost £500 to WISP (Welsh Integrated Sports Plan) JUDO so that children, no matter what their ability, could compete in a number of judo competitions across South Wales.
Through its long running Community Chest scheme, Admiral gave money towards the cost of a club competition, paying for medals and certificates for over 70 children and judo suits for participants who did not have one. These suits are now being used to kit out beginners to their classes and enable them to run sessions in local schools.
Local employer Admiral has given £500 to Downs-side Riding and Livery Centre in Penarth, enabling them to purchase new equipment essential for their horses’ wellbeing and the centre’s upkeep.
Sophie Vowles, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, applied for funds through the company’s Community Chest scheme. The money given was used to buy a number of new saddlecloths, yard forks, wheelbarrows and yard brooms. Downs-side Riding and Livery Centre is a family run business, which is located close to a country park with lakes.
Local employer, Admiral has provided funding to Cwmbran All Starz enabling the group to purchase equipment essential for their public performances and shows.
Alex Mayes, who works in Admiral’s Pricing department, applied to the company’s Community Chest scheme on behalf of the musical theatre group which provides acting, singing and dancing training for young people aged 9 to 19 years of age.
Table tennis player Paul Karabardak visited Admiral’s Swansea office to thank the local employer for donating over £500 towards his training equipment for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and at the same time, took on staff at their preferred break time activity.
Paul’s brother, Huseyin Karabardak, works for Admiral’s Claims department and applied for the money through the company’s Community Chest Scheme. The money given was used to buy equipment, such as rackets and balls, essential for Paul’s strict six hours a day training regime.
Local employer Admiral has recently donated over £500 to Barry based netball team Westend Ladies, enabling them to buy brand new kit.
The money Westend Ladies received went towards buying netball dresses for their A Team, which meant they only needed to raise further funds for the B team.
Jenna Webb, who works for Admiral’s Marketing department, has played in the A team since 2008 and wanted to give something back to her netball club. This year she took on the role of Treasurer and was keen to see if Westend Ladies could benefit from her employer’s Community Chest Scheme.
Local employer Admiral has recently donated nearly £600 to Gorseinon and District Brass Band, enabling them to buy a brand new instrument for their regular performances to local charities.
Thanks to Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme, the band have secured funding worth over £3,300 since 2012, all going towards the cost of good quality brass instruments, including two cornets, two baritones, two horns and a trombone.
Children from Christchurch Playgroup in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, have benefited from parties, outdoor trips and music therapy, thanks to local employer Admiral.
Admiral donated over £500 to the playgroup, through its long running Community Chest scheme. Nathaniel Philip, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, wanted to give something back to the place that his son and daughter both attended for three years.
Canine residents at Cardiff Dogs Home, who are walked regularly by Friends of the Dogs, are keeping dry and finding new homes thanks to local employer Admiral.
The insurance provider has donated nearly £800 to the charity through its long running Community Chest Scheme.
Friends of the Dogs has over a hundred regular volunteer dog walkers who turn out in all weathers to walk homeless and abandoned dogs in their local community. Admiral’s money paid for twenty five weatherproof coats to the charity to help the dogs against the wind, rain and cold when they’re out walking.
South Wales employer Admiral has donated £500 to Cwmbran based Annette’s School of Dance, through its long running Community Chest scheme.
The school used the money to buy fabrics and materials for costumes for their December ‘The Four Seasons’. Nadine Moore, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, helps her sister Annette with the costumes.
Hundreds of Admiral staff from Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, have taken part in the Mr X Appeal, donating over 1,400 Christmas presents to local disadvantaged children.
This number is the highest ever donation from Admiral staff to this appeal, which has been co-ordinated in Admiral for over ten years by Angela Macdonald who works in the New Business department.
The number of presents donated by Admiral to this appeal has grown over the years so she has recruited many little helpers throughout Admiral to support her, including colleague Lesley Rees.
This year the large Christmas tree that stands proudly outside Cardiff Castle will be kindly donated by Admiral.
The Cardiff-based insurance specialist stepped forward after it was agreed that Christmas trees would need to be funded by sponsorship due to the budget cuts the Council faces.
Admiral have come on board and agreed to support the costs to purchase, install and remove the tree.
Local employer, Admiral Group, have donated £500 in support of Gorseinon Ladies Rugby Team to help them buy a new team kit.
With the money donated, the team have been able to buy new playing and training kit, now proudly wearing the Admiral logo on their shirts.
South Wales employer Admiral has donated over £800 through its Community Chest scheme to Superstars in the Making, a performing arts academy based in Barry, Cardiff.
Superstars in the Making is a not-for-profit academy, set up to provide high quality training in the performing arts to young people.
With the money donated, Superstars in the Making bought a good quality set for their upcoming show West Side Story, which is showing next week at the Memo Theatre, from August 20th to August 22nd 2015.
Local employer Admiral has donated over £500 to the Buzzy Bees nursery in Cwmbran, through their Community Chest scheme.
Gareth Edwards, who works in Admiral’s Claims department wanted to give something back to the nursery that his son has been attending for the last couple of years.
Community Chest provided the nursery with an outdoor kitchen, three tricycles, space hoppers, a large climbing frame and slide, plus a few other smaller items.
Local employer Admiral has donated nearly £400 to Cardiff Devils Junior Development team, through its long running community chest scheme.
Philip Teasdale works in Admiral’s Customer Contact Strategy department and volunteers as a junior ice hockey coach in his spare time. He is very passionate about ice hockey and has played as an amateur throughout England and Wales.
Local employer Admiral has donated nearly £800 to Christchurch Primary School in Swansea through its long running community chest scheme.
Peter Williams works in Admiral’s Customer Services department and his son Kieron attends the primary school. He said, “The yard in Kieron’s school is very small. It is in between residential housing and there are no grass areas at all. We wanted to breathe new life into the yard and the children got very excited about it.”
Local employer Admiral has donated over £1,000 to the Lost Souls Sanctuary, near Newport, through its Community Chest scheme.
The Lost Souls Sanctuary was founded by Anne Lewis in 2011 as a home for life for dogs who have been abused, or who have behavioural problems and have nowhere else to go. Anne said “We provide a home for these dogs that often come to us badly traumatised, both physically and mentally. My vision is to turn this around and create a happily ever after safe place for all of them.”
Local employer Admiral has donated nearly £500 to buy baby safety equipment to help families in Cardiff, through the charity Home-Start.
Home-Start helps families in all sorts of situations, such as homelessness, domestic abuse, isolation, poverty and drug or alcohol addiction. The volunteers step in to help with the children, providing much needed advice and support to the parents, as well as giving them equipment the families cannot afford.
Glantawe Theatre Company in Ystradgynlais, near Swansea, received much needed equipment just in time for their January pantomime, thanks to a donation from local employer Admiral.
Becci Thomas, who works in Admiral’s Renewals department, has been a member of the Glantawe Theatre Company for ten years and taken part in over fifteen shows. The theatre company could not raise enough money to buy good quality sound and lighting equipment, but Becci knew that she could apply for funds through Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme.
Hundreds of staff at local employer Admiral have once again taken part in the Mr X Appeal, donating over 1,000 Christmas presents to disadvantaged children throughout the Swansea area.
Signing their cards “With love from Father Christmas”, each staff member who donates a gift, gets given the first name, gender and age of a child who would otherwise go without a Christmas present. There is no minimum or maximum spend and staff members are very charitable, in fact many donated large gifts, such as tablets, games consoles and sports equipment.
More than 100 members of staff at Welsh employer Admiral have so far signed up to run the City of Newport Half Marathon.
Admiral’s back on board for the second year as sponsor for the event, organised by St David’s Hospice Care, which takes place on Sunday 1st March 2015.
30 members of staff from the Newport office have signed up, along with 60 from Cardiff and a further 17 from Swansea.
A mini and junior league rugby club in Cwmbran has new kit thanks to a donation from local employer, Admiral.
Croesyceiliog Mini and Juniors Rugby Club received the funding for rugby tops and hoodies after Jemma Croft, who works in Admiral’s Claims department in Newport, applied to the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sports teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
A centre for older people in Barry can continue for another year thanks to a donation by local employer, Admiral.
The Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale (formally Age Concern) Senior Health Shop in Barry received £400 from the company after Ashley Cummings, who works in Admiral’s Claims department, applied for funding from the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sport teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
An all-female roller-derby team based in Swansea has received new kit thanks to local employer, Admiral.
The Reaper Roller Girls received the funding of £667 after player, Catherine Hook, who works in Admiral’s Ancillaries department, applied for funding from the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sport teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
A ladies baseball team in Cardiff is able to continuing competing in its league thanks to a donation from local employer, Admiral.
The Llanrumney United Ladies baseball team received the essential funding after team member Amanda Payne, who works in Admiral's Claims department, applied to the company's Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
Employees in Admiral’s Newport office held a fundraising day in aid of the local RSPCA animal shelter in Ringland.
After being contacted by RSPCA Newport Animal Shelter which was looking for donations and raffle prizes, four community spirited members of staff from the Admiral Claims department in Langstone Business Park organised a dog themed day of fundraising activities.
Rugby League Club, the Torfaen Tigers are playing their matches in brand new kit after receiving funding from local employer Admiral.
The Tigers who are one of the founder members of the Wales Rugby League's South Wales Senior Conference received the £700 funding for new kit after Club Treasurer, James Price applied to Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme which provides funding for charities, teams and organisations in which staff and their families are involved.
A pool team from Machen have a smart new look thanks to a donation from local employer, Admiral.
The team which plays from the United Services Club in Machen received funding after Stuart Lukins, who works in Admiral’s Newport office, applied to the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
Six employees from Admiral have returned to work after completing the Sierra Leone Marathon in the city of Makeni in the west African country.
The group of six Admiral staff signed up to the marathon after a visit to the office by a representative from the charity Street Child who organise the marathon. Street Child’s aim is for the reduction of children living their lives on the streets of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world.
A community lunch club for all ages in Cwmtillery has been able to improve the comfort of its members after receiving funding from local employer, Admiral to replace a window.
Cwmtillery Luncheon Club received funding from Admiral after Anthony Bradley, who works in the Customer Services department in Cardiff, applied to the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
Six employees from Admiral are gearing up for the race of a lifetime when they take part in the Sierra Leone Marathon next week.
The group of six Admiral staff signed up to the marathon after a visit to the office by a representative from the charity Street Child who organise the marathon. Street Child’s aim is for the reduction of children living their lives on the streets of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. The marathon will take place in the town of Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone and where Street Child was set up in 2008.
St David's Primary School in Pontrhydyrun near Cwmbran, has received 15 refurbished computers from South Wales based employer Admiral, to help expand the school's IT curriculum.
Admiral donated the computers after receiving an email from Sara Arthur, who is a governor at the school, asking if Admiral had any unwanted computers available, that the school could have. Ben Moriarty who works in Admiral's Recruitment department received the email and set the ball rolling, and before long, the school had received delivery of and installed 15 refurbished computers for its pupils to use.
A primary school choir from Newport have a smart new look for their performances after receiving matching t-shirts thanks to a donation by local employer, Admiral.
Somerton Primary School received funding from Admiral after Gareth Selfe, who works in the Communications department, applied to the company's Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
A woman who works in Admiral in Swansea, is raising money for Cancer Research Wales by pledging to have her head shaved by colleagues. Angela Beale-Roberts, who works in Admiral's People Services department, has been receiving donations from across the company, with the person who donates the most, getting to shave Angela's head themself.
Angela originally set a fundraising target of £2,000 but thanks to the generous donations of Admiral staff, she has already received over £3,000. Admiral will also be contributing to the money raised by staff through its Community Chest Scheme.
Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Caerau, a Welsh language Primary school in Ely, Cardiff, has received funding from local employer Admiral to help expand the school's library of Welsh language books.
The School received funding after Terina Harris, whose son attended the school, applied to the company's Community Chest scheme which provides funding for charities and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
Staff from Admiral's office in Swansea have raised £1,966 for both the Welsh Air Ambulance Service and Brecon Mountain Rescue. Staff in the company's Sales department raised the money through a number of different events including; raffles, name the dog competitions, penalty shoot-outs and a sponsored walk where employees completed the eight mile Brecon Horse-shoe walk. Admiral matched the money raised by staff through its Community Chest Scheme.
Staff from across Admiral have raised over £2,500 for the charity, Hammer Out Brain Tumours which raises awareness of brain tumours and the needs of those affected by them.
Staff at Admiral's offices in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport wore bandanas for a day to show their support for colleague John Murray, from our Cardiff Sales office who is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. John had previously overcome the illness in 2004, however he was recently told that it had returned in a more aggressive form which has left him with limited treatment options.
HUTS, a charitable organisation based in Newcastle Emlyn that offers art, craft and other learning opportunities to adults with mental health problems, has received funding from Welsh employer Admiral to go towards the purchase of a table top potter's wheel which will enable wheelchair users to make full use of pottery equipment.
Employees from Admiral’s Newport office have raised £3,000 for the Sparkle Appeal by completing a 30 mile walk in 12 hours, from the office in Newport to Admiral’s headquarters in Cardiff.
The group of 22 staff members set out from Admiral’s office in Langstone Business Park at 6am arriving at Capital Tower in Cardiff City Centre at 6pm.
A team of greenfingered volunteers from Admiral made all the difference to a Cardiff resident by transforming an overgrown garden into a space she could enjoy.
A Gorseinon band has been able to boost its brass thanks to local employer Admiral.
Staff in Admiral's Newport office have raised £1,700 for Sports Relief by completing a 24 hour table tennis challenge.
11 members of staff from the Claims department in Langstone Business Park began their challenge at 7am on Friday 23rd March and only put their bats down at 7am the following morning.
After rallying support from colleagues, family and friends, the group raised more than £1,100 for the charity, with Admiral donating an extra £600 to match the amount given by employees, following the marathon ping pong event.
The Pontarddulais Football Club have some new kit thanks to local employer Admiral.
The senior team, who play in the first division of the Carmathenshire league, were in need of a new look. After three muddy seasons their old kit had been put through its paces and was more than ready for retirement.
Liz James-Mahoney, who works for Admiral, applied to the company's Community Chest and secured more than £500 for the club.
With rugby internationals taking place in Cardiff this weekend and next, Admiral and Cardiff Street Pastors have joined forces with the WRU to highlight the importance of staying safe during nights out in Cardiff City Centre.
It is the second year local employer Admiral has supported Street Pastors, a voluntary organisation which makes sure Cardiff's weekend revellers are safe on nights out in the city.
Staff at local employer Admiral have raised more than £2,500 in aid of the Christian Lewis Trust, Kids Cancer Charity.
Thanks to cake bakes, raffles, company match funding and a sponsored walk from Admiral's headquarters in Cardiff to their SA1 office, the staff raised £2,553.
Louise Darnell, from Admiral's Claims department said, "We picked Christian Lewis because they're based in Swansea, and we had heard about the excellent work they do supporting families who have been affected by cancer.