01 Apr PAYE’s Commitment to supporting Mental Health & Charities
Addressing issues surrounding the mental health and well-being of our employees, particularly through the pandemic and lockdown has been at the front and centre of a number of communications through the year, delivered across multiple platforms, on social media, on email or on-site with physical posters. Everyone has been touched in someway either directly or indirectly, through family members, friendships, or stark personal experience of the impact of poor mental health and we would like to take this opportunity to do so further and remind everyone that it is important to remember you are not alone. Please do not suffer in silence, there are many resources available to you, be it talking to a friend or family member or one of the many helplines:
tel.0345 605 1956
tel.0300 123 3393
Mates in Mind:
tel.020 3510 5018
The impact of COVID on charities has been devastating with 80% of charitable organisations predicting negative challenges in their ability to deliver planned objectives over the next year, sadly one in ten believe they will be forced to close within a year – this is according to recent research led by Nottingham Trent University (Respond, Recover, Reset: The Voluntary Sector and Covid-19). It has never been more important for the commercial sector to give their support to charity, to reflect this, we are continuing our support of the Lighthouse Club (the construction industry charity), Wooden Spoon (the children’s charity of rugby), Community Action Nepal (community charity in Nepal founded by mountaineer Doug Scott), The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (as recently seen on BBCs Perfect Planet) as well as our local children’s hospice, Demelza House and we are committed to raising funds for those charities at events or challenges throughout the year.
PAYE’s MARK DEAN HAS MOUNT EVEREST WORLD RECORD CONFIRMED
In 2019, PAYE’s very own Mark Dean, who is a passionate supporter of the charities Wooden Spoon and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, was invited to join a collection of illustrious rugby stars, which included former Wales and British Lions player Shane Williams, that set out to achieve a remarkable and audacious attempt at setting two rugby world records on Mount Everest. Over a year and a half after the Everest Rugby Challenge, confirmation has arrived that the two Guinness World Records attempted in Tibet have been accepted and approved. While the highest altitude game of touch rugby had been confirmed (played at 5119m at Everest Base Camp, Tibet), the second record, for the highest altitude game of rugby (played at 6322m) took a bit longer to be ratified but is now official and gives Mark and those involved the double honour of not only making rugby history, but also setting 2 world records which are virtually unbreakable! While setting records, Mark also personally raised over £11,000 towards a collective total exceeding £250,000. Huge congratulations to Mark and to all involved, a huge achievement – here’s to the next endeavour.