Supporting the Community
Following months of unprecedented change and uncertainty, the Pinnacle Group have continued to do their upmost to support those causes which really make a difference to the wider community and country.
The coronavirus pandemic hugely impacted our NHS and social care systems leaving many hospitals and healthcare facilities drained of resources with nowhere to turn. This left frontline healthcare workers at risk, compromising not only their personal safety but that of their colleagues and family members, at a time where their welfare was paramount.
A national shortage of scrubs and staff uniform launder bags quickly became a problem, with many manufacturers increasing their production to meet the increased demand. With the number of COVID-19 cases rising daily and several members of the Pinnacle team having direct links to those taken ill, the team started to make arrangements to enable production and distribution of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
With the support and generosity of several trusted, long term customers, Pinnacle facilitated the production of 1,000 sets of scrubs which were delivered to hospitals in North and South Wales.
Furthermore, Pinnacle donated cotton launder bags to NHS staff at Wotton Lawn Hospital, Gloucestershire Health & Care and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The cotton bags ensured the safe transition and launder of staff uniform, to further prevent the unnecessary spread of Coronavirus.
Not only has our healthcare services endured phenomenal pressures, the third sector has also been significantly impacted with services being postponed and fundraising efforts scaled back. Supporting the community is at the heart of Pinnacle’s business operations, organising multiple fundraising events annually, including a Charity Golf day and an end of year Black Tie dinner.
Following the difficult decision to postpone their 2020, Three Welsh peaks for Three Welsh charities event, Pinnacle wanted to organise a safe way for people to still get involved and keep the camaraderie alive. Welsh Three Peaks at Home, allowed just that and gave eager fundraisers the opportunity to walk, run or cycle the same amount of mileage that the team will cover next April. Participants of the mini challenge completed the week long fundraising event between 22nd – 28th June, with several of the team completing both the 170 miles of cycling and 20 miles of walking within their local area.
In addition to the Welsh Three Peaks at Home event, the team have continued to run weekly quiz nights in exchange for a small donation via the Pinnacle’s Virgin Money Giving page.
To date, Pinnacle’s fundraising events and generous donations from supporters has contributed to the current £1,000. Pinnacle’s fundraising page will remain open until Autumn 2021, with all monies raised being split between their annual charities Woody’s Lodge, NSPCC and Tenvous.
Sian Woodland, South Wales Operations Manager, Woody’s Lodge comments “Here at Woody’s Lodge we are delighted to have the support of Pinnacle especially during these uncertain times. Pinnacle has organised several fundraising events this year to support their pending event in April 2021. Our veterans and supporters have enjoyed being a part of this year’s virtual at Home 3 peaks challenge, its motivated them to get involved in the big event next year. Thank you Pinnacle for the continued support. Money raised at these events will go towards supporting Veterans, Emergency services and their families.”
Emma Brennan, Supporter Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Wales, continues “We are delighted with Pinnacle Complete Office Solutions for choosing NSPCC Cymru Wales as one of the beneficiary charities for their Three Peaks Challenge events. This support will help us to fund our services in Wales. Children need us more than ever and during lockdown we have seen demand for both the NSPCC helpline and Childline increase. Events like this are vital to fund our services as over 90% of our funding comes from donations. We are so grateful for their support. Whether you take on the challenge at home or join the event in April 2021, we wish you lots of luck with your training and fundraising – thank you for making a difference to the lives of children in Wales.”
Carys Jenkins, Regional Fundraising Manager for Tenovus South Wales further comments “Over the years, Pinnacle have been a very active and innovative support to Tenovus Cancer Care and they’ve supported and arranged events that have raised tens of thousands of pounds! These vital funds have a significant impact on the cancer support services we can provide locally and to the families who are affected by cancer, so we really can’t thank Pinnacle and it’s staff, clients and friends enough for their commitment. We’re again, so pleased and impressed at the way they’ve continued to be dedicated in supporting the charity, through making a financial donation to sponsor our first Online Event with Rob Brydon, and of course their Three Peaks Challenge… which became the Three Peaks from Home, until 2021 when we’ll be able to get together on the mountains again to really smash their fundraising target! From everyone at Tenovus Cancer Care, but most importantly, from the cancer patients we support, a heartfelt thank you to Clive and his team at Pinnacle!”
Supplementary to charitable events, supporting the Armed Forces is another passion of Pinnacle’s and is driven throughout their business operations. Actively promoting their Silver Armed Forces Covenant status has created valuable awareness of Pinnacle’s commitment to the Forces community on both a business and personal level. Creating such awareness led to Pinnacle’s sponsorship of Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the upcoming 2020 Welsh Veteran’s Awards in August. An evening which recognises Veterans in Business, Fitness, Sport and the wider Community, those reservists doing great things and the Companies that support the Military Community.
Sean Molino, Founder of Veterans Awards CIC says “All our Veterans Awards team are truly thankful for the support Pinnacle Complete office solutions have given our Not for Profit Organisation especially in these testing times. Without our partners like Pinnacle our awards simply couldn’t operate and we are so thankful to have Team Pinnacle on board to celebrate the success from our Veteran and Military Community within Wales, we are very thankful indeed! #Cymruambyth.”
Clive Hamilton, Managing Director of the Pinnacle Group comments “Undoubtedly the COVID pandemic has impacted us all in some form or another. Our healthcare services and third sector organisations have experienced substantial pressures to continue to help those most in need, at a time where resources are incredibly strained. Despite this, I knew that I had the backing and support network to ensure that we could still help our most vital workers and wider community. I honestly feel proud to say that we work and partner with such supportive companies, clients and charities and am honoured to be part of Pinnacle’s efforts during such a turbulent time. I very much look forward to the coming months where we can meet with our charities and plan for the return of our challenge in 2021!”
issued August 2020