Falck, the world’s largest international provider of emergency services with a base in the Swansea Enterprise Park, has raised £1,300 of behalf of the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales (PPF) in 2018.
Falck chose PPF as its annual Charity Partner last year as the company supports the Renal Department at Morriston Hospital with transport services alongside Welsh Ambulance Services.
Falck bought its first ambulance in 1907 and began operating what was then the first automobile ambulance in Scandinavia. Today, Falck provides emergency medical services to the general public in 22 countries in close collaboration with the regional and local authorities.
Specific fund-raising activities throughout 2018 have included the provision of medical event cover to the charity’s associated running club at their 5k Series in May, June and July and the annual Wear Wally Race in November.
The company has also organised various fundraisers supported by Falck staff, building team spirits and relationships as well as raising money for the charity including a curry night, quiz night and Christmas raffle.
Says Gareth Cadmore, Manager at the Falck base in Swansea, “As an organisation we always endeavour to give back to the communities in which we work. We were very impressed with the service the Paul Popham Fund provides to the kidney patients and staff at Morriston Hospital, where we also work. So, it seemed like a perfect match to select the fund as our annual charity. We were delighted with the response from our staff too resulting our company raising a total of £xxxx as well as being able to provide medical support for the running club events too.”
Adds Joanne Popham, Chair of PPF, “Without the support of local organisations like Falck, our charity simply couldn’t survive. Over the past 12 months we have managed to purchase equipment, train people to become befrienders, hold events for kidney patients and their families and arrange for children and their families to have special days out at the Millennium Centre and Swansea Grand Theatre. This has been possibly mainly due to corporate donations and running club events, which have also been supported by the team at Falck. So, we can’t thank them enough for choosing us as their annual charity and we are delighted that they will be supporting us during 2019 too.”
Falck’s first event in 2019 on behalf of the PPF will take place this spring.