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Foundation Awards 2020 - the winners are revealed

The Berkeley Foundation Awards celebrate the fantastic contributions made by Berkeley staff, businesses and supply chain companies to the Berkeley Foundation and our local communities.

This year we invited entries in seven categories, and we loved reading your stories about the ways you are getting involved and making a difference.

Two additional categories were not open for entries:

  • Payroll Giving Award - awarded to the Berkeley business with the highest percentage of staff participating in Give As You Earn on the entry closing date.
  • Judges' Award - decided by the external judging panel, choosing the overall winner from across all of the submitted entries.

Each winner has selected a Berkeley Foundation partner charity to receive an additional donation of £1,000 in recognition of their achievements.

Judges

Winners

Click on headings below to read more about each winner.

Carly Melling  | Berkeley Foundation

WIINNER: Carly Melling, Berkeley Homes (South East London)

Carly took fundraising to new heights this year. She took part in the Berkeley 68 tower running event, which involved climbing 68 flights of stairs at South Quay Plaza. Not content with running once, Carly promised that if she met her fundraising target she would run up twice!

Carly also trekked the Sahara Desert for five days in February, braving scorching heat in the day and freezing nights - again raising money for Evelina London. The charity is important to Carly as they are looking after one of her friend's son, Finch, who needs heart surgery. Thanks to Carly's fantastic efforts Evelina London has received vital funds to keep treating Finch and other children.

The judges felt that Carly's efforts stood out for the creativity she had shown in her fundraising, the impact she has made through two major events this year, and her passion for the cause, which shone through in her entry.

Carly has selected Evelina London to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Andy Carson, Berkeley Homes (East Thames)

Bianca Hylton | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Bianca Hylton, St James White City

Bianca took part in Crisis at Christmas in December. After seeing the issues affecting homeless people, she has been inspired to do more, and has continued volunteering on a weekly basis. As well as giving her time, Bianca is helping in practical ways like collecting bed sheets from colleagues to distribute at the shelter, and speaking to local supply chain companies to find out about possible job opportunities for some of the people she has met.

The judges felt Bianca's regular personal commitment to volunteering and work to involve her colleagues in the cause made her a worthy winner in this category.

Bianca has selected Key4Life to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

NEL | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Berkeley Homes (North East London)

Berkeley Homes (NEL) partnered with a new Designated Charity, Home-Start London, last year. In the first year of working together Berkeley Homes (NEL) staff exceeded their fundraising target by £60,000, which helped the charity to re-start its activities in a London borough which had seen services cut due to lack of funding.

Berkeley Homes (NEL) has shown outstanding commitment to the Foundation in terms of fundraising, but also combine this with strong volunteering and good staff engagement across the board. The business actively encourages employees to take time to volunteer during their working day, as it recognises the positive impacts this can have on employees as well as charities.

The judges felt that Berkeley Homes (NEL) stood out for its breadth of activity, and focus on staff engagement and volunteering as well as fundraising, and the impact achieved. They commented that the business has a strong framework in place for its charitable activities and delivers excellent results year after year.

Berkeley Homes (North East London) has selected Home-Start London to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: St Joseph

J-A-Scott | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: J A Stott Carpentry

A long-term partner of Berkeley Group, working on projects across several businesses, J A Stott Carpentry is also a strong supporter of the Foundation. Over the last year, they have got involved in numerous fundraising events across Berkeley, including dragon boat racing and Berkeley Homes (North East London)'s Question of Sport Dinner. They have also generously donated a number of auction prizes, helping to boost fundraising even further.

The judges felt that J A Stott Carpentry stood out for their consistent involvement in fundraising events across the company, as well as their broader commitment to supporting social causes. They were particularly impressed with the personal involvement of Managing Director Michael Tierney.

J A Stott Carpentry has selected Home-Start London to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

St James White City | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: St James White City with Key4Life

St James White City has been working with Key4Life in May 2018. The charity supports young men in Wormwood Scrubs and the local community where St James is developing. Since the start of the partnership St James has raised over £27,000, which has supported five young men to go through the charity's programme.

St James provides site tours and work taster sessions to the young men on the programme, giving them an insight to the construction industry and knowledge about available jobs.

The judges felt that St James' partnership with Key4Life stood out for the breadth of support from the company, going beyond fundraising to offering work experience placements, construction site tours and employment opportunities. They commended St James and Key4Life for engaging with a group of young people who are often overlooked.

St James White City has selected Key4Life to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Berkeley Homes (North East London) with Home-Start London and Berkeley Homes (East Thames) with Demelza

Jags2 | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Jags Sanghera, Berkeley Homes (West Thames)

This category is awarded to a Foundation Champion described as having a level of "enthusiasm, passion, sheer hard work and determination to build support and collaboration (which) is enduring and awe-inspiring."

Jags was nominated for his deep commitment to supporting his local community. This shows through in his work with West Thames' Designated Charity, Hope for Southall Street Homeless. Jags instigates regular events for both the staff and the wider community, raising important funds but also raising awareness of street homelessness. He makes it his personal mission to get everyone involved, and always takes part himself.

The judges felt that Jags' personal commitment to the Southall community, and in particular to tackling the issue of homelessness in the local area, shone through in the comments from his colleagues and made him a deserving winner of this award. They particularly enjoyed the description of Jags personally visiting staff members at their desks to put them under pressure to get involved!

Jags has selected Hope for Southall Street Homeless to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

East Thames Foundation Team | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Berkeley Homes (East Thames)

For the second year in a row, Berkeley Homes (East Thames) takes home the trophy for the highest percentage of staff participating in Give As You Earn.

With 44% of staff taking part in the scheme, Berkeley Homes (East Thames) has shown a continued commitment to the Give As You Earn scheme, and consistency in their recruitment of new donors. Over the last 12 months, Berkeley Homes (East Thames) staff have donated over £9,000 to charity through Give As You Earn.

Berkeley Homes East Thames has selected Demelza to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

Mark Tomlinson | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Mark Tomlinson, Berkeley Homes (North East London)

Mark was nominated for this award by his team. Despite a hectic schedule in his role as Commercial Director, he has always been at the front line of Berkeley Homes (North East London)'s large scale charity events and has played a huge part in raising over £500,000 for the Foundation and our partner charities over the past five years.

Mark has initiated and driven forward flagship fundraising events such as the Question of Sport dinner, which has raised between £50,000 -£70,000 each year for the past five years. He has also taken part in the annual overseas cycle for the last three years.

The judges felt that Mark was somebody who leads from the front - taking part in events himself (with no job too big or small) and sending a strong message to colleagues about the ethos of the company. They felt that Mark's commitment to the work of the Foundation since its inception was truly outstanding.

Mark has selected Home-Start London to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

Sophie Harrison | Berkeley Foundation

WINNER: Sophie Harrison, Berkeley St Edward

Over the last eight years, alongside her roles at Berkeley Group and St Edward, Sophie has managed the Street Elite programme, one of the Foundation's key Strategic Partnerships. Giving around a day a week to the programme, she drives forward the partnership with The Change Foundation, runs 'Kick Start' taster sessions to introduce participants to the world of business, and oversees work placements for the young people taking part in the programme.

In addition, Sophie also regularly organises fundraising events for her colleagues at Berkeley St Edward, including the Pedal to Paris bike ride in July 2019 which raised nearly £30,000 for their three charities.

For the judges, Sophie's long term commitment to the Foundation's work was a superb example of the difference that individual staff members can make. The impact she has had on the lives of participants in the Street Elite programme, as well as the enthusiasm with which she involves her colleagues in fundraising event, made her the deserving winner of the Judge's Award.

Sophie has selected The Change Foundation to receive a donation of £1,000 from the Berkeley Foundation.

Huge congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everybody who submitted an entry.

We are enormously grateful for everything you do to contribute to the Foundation's work. Since 2011 we have committed over £20 million to our local communities, supporting over 26,000 people. None of this would be possible without the support of Berkeley staff, businesses and supply chain companies.

Thank you.