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. Rather than 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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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.

In 2016, 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.

Staff at Sewell Group have also taken part in Go Sober for October, helping to support people affected by cancer and raise money for the charity.