Giving Back

Doing the right thing - it's how we do business.

At Sewell Group we believe in doing the right thing by the economy, by our partners and by the communities we serve. We don’t have a CSR policy, or a ‘foundation’, we simply respond to matters that will make a positive contribution to the places we live and work. No matter which area of the business you come into contact with, whether you are a customer, part of the supply chain, or member of the public, you will be listened to, respected and valued.

Below are some examples of how we are giving back to our community.

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Education facility for young people in Leeds

Cause: The Works charity
Resource: Distinctive Giving
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Cause: The Works charity
Resource: Distinctive Giving

Sewell Construction is helping to support The Works charity with providing a new education facility in Leeds.

Young people who struggle with mainstream learning will soon be able to benefit from a pioneering education facility created from shipping containers.

Planning officials gave the go-ahead for the charity, based in the emerging South Bank area of Leeds, to provide an “eco school” – a solar-powered, unique education experience which focuses on practical training and skills, rather than standard classroom-based learning.

The new facility follows success of the charity’s existing skate park, which is used to engage people of all ages through sport.

Support has been given to the charity in gaining planning permission, as well as ongoing expertise and support throughout the scheme.

Read more about the project here.

City of Culture Major Partner

Cause: Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Resource: Business giving
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Cause: Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Resource: Business giving

Sewell Group is a Major Partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Reinforcing our support and commitment to Hull and the Yorkshire region, we have given our backing to the nation’s next major cultural event with a £250k+ deal.

We believe it is vital that companies such as ours get behind Hull 2017 and do everything possible to maximise its potential.

Helping to combat loneliness

Cause: Men in Sheds
Resource: Distinctive Giving
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Cause: Men in Sheds
Resource: Distinctive Giving

Sewell is helping to support the Men in Sheds charity, which is developing a new clubhouse to combat male loneliness and isolation in Hull.

The former pavilion at Oak Road Playing Fields in North Hull is being transformed into a social and meeting space for members.

Sewell has provided design and project management expertise, carried out risk assessments and arranged demolition surveys to support the charity.

Free gym facilities for under 17s

Cause: Tommy Coyle Academy
Resource: Distinctive giving
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Cause: Tommy Coyle Academy
Resource: Distinctive giving

Sewell has invested close to £100,000 in converting an existing warehouse unit on its Geneva Way Business Park to create a new state-of-the-art boxing and fitness centre for Tommy and young people in East Hull.

Tommy recently made his first west Hull gym free to all children under 17 in a bid to encourage youngsters to lead healthier lifestyles and exercise more regularly.

The move brought widespread praise and has now achieved the same status with the East Hull gym.

The Tommy Coyle Academy was previously the Sewell Skills Academy, which saw 1,400 young people pass through the door.

Since 2016, over 900 under 17’s have signed up to the gym, 96 box clever sessions have taken place and over 2,400 pupils have been engaged in school sessions.

Ongoing charity partnership

Cause: Fitmums and Friends
Resource: Local giving
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Cause: Fitmums and Friends
Resource: Local giving

Sewell on the go has sponsored Fitmums and Friends in various ways.

This includes offering our forecourts as safe havens for members on their running routes, ensuring they have access to toilets, water, defibrillators and help if needed.

We have previously sponsored cycling kits for Fitmums and Friends, as well as providing snacks and drinks for their Coast to Coast cycle in July 2016.

Long term support for animal charity

Cause: Hull Animal Welfare Trust
Resource: Local giving
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Cause: Hull Animal Welfare Trust
Resource: Local giving

Sewell on the go is a long standing supporter of Hull Animal Welfare Trust, dating back to 1998.

Collection boxes are in all Sewell on the go stores and event support is provided, alongside free use of meeting facilities, amounting to about £2,500 per year.

Five pence from every pet product purchased in store is also donated to the charity, generating a further £1,000 per year.

Drinks provider for half marathon

Cause: Humber Bridge Half Marathon
Resource: Local giving
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Cause: Humber Bridge Half Marathon
Resource: Local giving

Sewell on the go has donated thousands of pounds worth of bottled water to ensure runners remain hydrated during the Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

For four consecutive years, the business has donated 11,600 bottles of water, with the overall contribution totaling about £28,000.

In June 2017, overall 2,030,600 litres of water had been donated, which would fill more than 5,000 paddling pools.

Sewell on the go’s support for the Humber Bridge Half Marathon is linked to the business being main supporter of the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation, which helps to organise the half marathon.

Supporting young people

Cause: CatZero
Resource: Distinctive giving
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Cause: CatZero
Resource: Distinctive giving

CatZero equips young people, who are often not in employment, education or training, with the skills, beliefs and attitude to help them move on in the world.

This award-winning registered charity was inspired by 10 young people who took part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2007/08.

Sewell Group is a sponsor of CatZero and also refurbished and fitted out its office in Hull.

More recently, we provided ‘buddy’ business mentors to offer advice and guidance, as well as hands on trade experience, to two students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull.

Supporting and developing young people

Cause: Sewell Skills Academy
Resource: Distinctive
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Cause: Sewell Skills Academy
Resource: Distinctive

The Sewell Skills academy was a one of a kind facility that raised the employability awareness children and young people, whilst providing a taster of the construction, renewable technology and technology industries.

The facility was an innovative environment to develop a wider range of skills ranging from hands on industry activities to professional career development, educational and business links.

In its 3 years of operation, over 1400 children and young people passed through its doors.

Last year the facility was reimagined and transformed into the Tommy Coyle Academy, a sports and health facility that’s free to use for young people under the age of 17.

Cash for cancer charity

Cause: Macmillan Cancer Support
Resource: Local giving
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Cause: Macmillan Cancer Support
Resource: Local giving

Sewell on the go has launched a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Most recently, fifteen pence from every hot drink sold in all 12 stores was donated to the charity, as well as raising extra funds through collection boxes and staff fundraising games.

The promotion raised enough money to fund a Macmillan nurse for a week. 

Sewell on the go has previously raised cash for Macmillan through coffee mornings and have raised over £2000 for the charity so far this year.