Making a positive contribution towards the communities we work and live in is a core part of the way Amey works. 2020 has tested this in a way we have never seen before. Stepping up to the challenge, our people went beyond all expectations to deliver food, PPE and support to vulnerable people and the NHS.
Ferrovial Junctos fund: supporting the Trussell Trust with Ferrovial
In April, Amey identified the Trussell Trust as a charity at the front line of the fight against coronavirus in the UK and put them forward for a Ferrovial donation. Together with Ferrovial Construction UK, we secured €340,000 of funds for the Trussell Trust and SSAFA’s Emergency COVID Fund via Ferrovial’s COVID-19 ‘Juntos’ (‘together’) fund. In total 12 foodbanks across the UK were identified, with the money going towards food and support for vulnerable people in the local community. Ferrovial also donated funds to two key COVID-19 vaccine trails, one at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, and another at Spain's National Centre for Biotechnology.
Supporting UK care homes
During the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic there was a serious concern about the lack of PPE available for medical and care workers. Amey delivered an initiative that saw 90,000 items of PPE donated to care homes across the UK, a cause nominated by hundreds of employees.
In total 200 care homes received boxes containing vital supplies, including face masks and aprons, to help protect their staff and residents from COVID-19. The total donation amounts to more than £50,000 and Amey worked with the social enterprise Ethical Stationery to distribute the parcels. Amey received numerous letters and social media posts expressing thanks.
Volunteering in our communities
Every Amey employee is given a paid day to volunteer in their local communities. This year our teams focused their volunteering efforts to support the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In June we marked Volunteering Week, shining a spotlight on our COVID-19 volunteers and supporting others to get involved.
Our first employee-chosen charity: Cancer Research UK
In November 2020, Amey launched a two-year partnership with Cancer Research UK, the charity chosen by our employees. Our partnership will focus on three core strands – fundraising, awareness of cancer and volunteer work. Activities planned include Walk all over Cancer, a summer challenge, participation in the Race for Life, offering ‘Pennies from Heaven’, health screenings for our employees and payroll giving. We have set ourselves the target of raising £100,000 for each of the two years.
Cancer Research UK was chosen by more than 800 Amey employees in an initiative launched in February 2020. All employees had the opportunity to nominate a charity for a two-year partnership. More than 122 nominations were received for 89 different charities. These were whittled down to four finalists by a panel of 26 judges from across Amey.