Prospero and Giving Back
What makes Prospero so special is the amazing people who work here, the giving back they do, whether that’s in their own time supporting charitable causes close to their hearts or joining us at work in ours.
Individually and as a company with constant matching from Prospero’s founders Lesley Phillips & Rob Grays, to date we’ve raised a magnificent total of £26,000!
So let’s celebrate the huge generosity and achievements of everyone at Prospero with a small selection of their achievements
- Chris from our Bristol office got on his bike and cycled over 55 miles on the Taff Trail raising £1235 to help his friends’ 7 year old daughter Eleri who had Osteosarcoma.
- Beng’Yela from our Southampton office knows A LOT about football and the difference it and sport in general can make to the lives of young people. And that’s why he ran a half marathon so he could raise funds for his passion project Street 2 School, a charitable programme that uses team sport to develop sustainable development projects for young men and women in Mpraeso, Ghana.
- A couple of weekends ago Yas from our London team played his part in supporting the 6000+ women and children who rely on Refuge to regain control of their lives. He ran a mighty half marathon in Hyde Park with friends completing it in an awesome 2 hrs 15!
- September was Childhood Cancer month so our Wellbeing Committee chose to support a charity very close to our hearts Neuroblastoma UK, the charity that focuses on finding a cure for this rare childhood cancer. Colleague donations of items and bidding for our silent auction meant within 10 days we raised an awesome £1000 for this hugely worthwhile cause.
- The National Autistic Society’s World Autism Awareness Week has also been a Prospero favourite. We’ve baked and eaten (we defo like catering themed activities!) pink and purple goodies (NAS’s colours) and dressed up. On a more serious note we’ve created free teaching resources for teaching on the ASD and invested in getting Prospero staff trained as Team Teach trainers who then gave free Stage 1 training to a group of competition winners.
- Balls to Bullying was an initiative derived from Rob and Lesley’s strongly held belief that the school community should be a place where healthy relationships develop and thrive which is why back in 2014 Prospero created and implemented this highly original and effective programme. We sent Welsh Rugby star Gareth Thomas, international multi award-winning sportswoman Non Evans MBE and English rugby league and union super star Martin Offiah MBE into primary and secondary schools across England and Wales where they delivered our workshops using team motivational and building exercises to educate about and counter bullying. Schools, teachers, pupils and parents raved about it!
- In the early days when Prospero was purely a London based business, at the weekends Rob and other members of staff used to go into primary schools that needed renovation work done but had no budget left. #RobtheBuilder #CanWeFixIt?
- In the midst of winter, when the nights are long, dark, cold and often wet, Lesley and Rob provided comfort, company and catering by running an interfaith homeless shelter and bedding down for the night with the shelter clients in a church hall in Golders Green.
There’s more, so much more but only so much space in one blog! So finally it’s worth reiterating that it’s the people at Prospero who do the giving back and we’re enormously proud of you all.