23 July 2015

Staff on the Streets Ahead project said goodbye to their unwanted items and donated 21 bags filled with clothes, shoes, games and books to a local charity.

The team held a ‘bag it up’ week for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, their chosen charity for 2015. Between them, employees collected 21 bags, raising an estimated £315 for the charity.

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director at Amey, said: “Well done to the team who really got stuck in over the week and gave generously to the cause.

“I was very impressed to see so many bags going to the charity’s shops, all of which will raise a good amount of money for the hospice to continue with its fantastic work. We’re committed to supporting the work of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice throughout 2015 and having a team who are passionate about the cause makes it easier to achieve.”

Councillor Terry Fox, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Bluebell Wood is a fantastic charity that provides specialist support to children with complex medical needs. Some people may think that they don’t have time to carry out charity work, but the Streets Ahead team have shown that just by donating your old clothes and shoes etc. we can all do our bit to help others. Congratulations to the team for raising so much.”

Each bag donated to the hospice can raise around £15 when the goods are sold in their 10 charity shops across the region. All profits raised help the hospice to care and support for children with a shortened life expectancy across South Yorkshire.

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are so pleased that Streets Ahead has collected all of these items in order to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – thanks so much. Every item donated by businesses and community members makes a huge difference as this helps to raise the money we need to keep our doors open.

“We are always looking for donations to our ten shops or through ‘bag it up’ days. Anybody who would like details of how to do this can visit www.bluebellwood.org.”

This year, Streets Ahead is supporting Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in various ways. So far employees have taken part in fundraising events, volunteered at the charity shops and donated unwanted goods.

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Notes to Editors

Photo 1 Caption: Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director, with the 21 charity bags collected by the team
Photo 2 Caption: Streets Ahead staff donate to the bag it up appeal in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

About the Streets Ahead work
The Streets Ahead works will enable the upgrade and ensure the on-going maintenance of the City’s:
• Roads
• Pavements;
• Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls;
• Streetlighting;
• Traffic signals, road signs, and markings;
• Fences, barriers and other street furniture; and
• Highway trees;
and will include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape highway maintenance.

The long term benefits of the works will include:
• Smooth pavements and road surfaces which will help reduced vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.
• Well-lit, safer streetscene – helping to dispel the fear of crime and the feeling of social exclusion;
• A highway network that enables journey and delivery times to be reliable;
• An attractive city streetscene and clearly signed roads

About Amey
Amey is a leading UK public and regulated services provider with over 21,000 employees.

Amey operates over 320 contracts, providing an unrivalled range of services including utilities, highways, waste management, rail, justice solutions, social housing and facilities management. Services are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer stand-alone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients.