Image: Smart Solutions team’s Snowdon climb in 2019
Staff from one of the UK’s largest recruitment agencies, Smart Solutions, are showing the true meaning of giving this month by declaring November ‘Go-vember’, as they take on their latest fitness challenge to raise money for Age Cymru.
Teams from all 80 hubs and on-site locations throughout the UK are donning their trainers and walking boots, aiming to travel as far as possible, all in the name of a very good cause. For every 1000km staff cover, Smart Solutions will be donating £100 to Age Cymru, their official charity partner.
Age Cymru is the largest charity working with and for older people in Wales. Their vision is to create an age friendly Wales through providing information and advice for older people and their families, enabling independence by promoting physical activity, as well as helping to combat loneliness through a number of initiatives.
Rob Webb, CEO of Smart Solutions, said: “It is a worrying statistic that 70% of older people had difficulty accessing health services during the coronavirus pandemic so far, with 44% saying they found the situation mentally and emotionally challenging. It has never been more important for us to step up our charity work as a company even further and raise vital funds for the excellent work that Age Cymru does.
“At Smart, we empower our teams to explore ways to support their own wider community and gift a day a year to their chosen project. It may include volunteering in a charity, spending time with residents at a local care home or working in partnership with an initiative close to their hearts.
“Although we’re only early on in November, I’ve been hearing some great stories of our teams across the country really embracing ‘Go-vember’ and getting in some serious steps. We’re looking forward to seeing just how far we can go and how much money we can raise for this great cause.”
Staff from Smart Solutions are no strangers to taking on challenges in the name of charity. This time last year, staff were preparing to climb Snowdon in aid of Age Cymru and Gemma’s Pink Army (founded by a Smart team member), for which they raised £4,000, completing the climb in an impressive four hours. Teams across the country are able to take one paid ‘CSR’ day a year to work with Age Cymru and also to take part in beach cleans in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society. Previously Smart have also completed numerous other initiatives for charities such as NSPCC, Bobath, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan.
Established in 2007, Smart Solutions is a pan European recruitment firm that provides large-scale workforce solutions.