BE Offices have worked with many charities for a number of years and are proud to have donated over £1.5m.
Our chosen charity is Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity but we are delighted to work with a range of good causes. Supporting our local communities, developing our people and helping good causes move forward is and always has been one of our core beliefs. Some the of good work we do every year is listed below.
TAKING OUR PART IN THE COMMUNITY
We have taken part in the Great City Race for many years, it is one of the various events we do to raise money for charity. There’s too many to list but another team favourite is the The Paddington Dragonboat Race, raising funds for COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care).
CHARITY DAYS FOR EVERY EMPLOYEE
In 2011 we launched “Charity Days” for our team members. Each employee is given three days paid leave to work for a charity of their choice. From volunteering at a food bank to lending careers advice to students, we are donating hundreds hours of time this year.
THE GREEN GROUP
Being Green isn’t just something we add to our agenda, it’s part of the fabric of working for BE and in our centres. We are the majority of the way through a multi-million-pound project to install energy efficient lighting throughout our entire portfolio and have just switched the electricity supplier to 15 of our centres, to one who uses only renewable sourced energy.
We’re unique in the fact that we have our own in-house project team, The Green Group, who are challenged with making every one of our processes greener, more energy efficient and better for the environment. They have driven initiatives such as the binless office, cycle to work scheme, carbon neutral hosting servers, and bike rack installations at centres. Follow us @teamgreennow
CHARITY VOLUNTEER TRIP
Ever year we send two very lucky members of our team on a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to help in less fortunate areas of the world. Our volunteers have helped on projects in Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and most recently reef conservation in Belize. Keep an eye out on our blog for the daily updates when the trips are running.
We sponsor many local events and sports team and firmly believe in making a difference to our communities wherever we can.
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 13 – 93 eggs safely delivered!
Our last working day….. Last night we were on patrol from 7pm to 10pm however because the rain and lightning was getting closer and closer, this meant we had to wait for an hour and a half until we did one walk of the beach and that was it. No ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 12 – 86 turtle eggs moved to safety!
We were on the 2-5am patrol last night/this morning and we got very lucky with the weather and with turtles! Firstly, we came across an already buried nest which wasn’t in too good an area so therefore had to be excavated. I (Tom) pulled out 86 eggs ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Days 10/11 – 81 baby turtles released into the sea
After a much needed rest day on day 10 of their trip, our intrepid volunteers were back to work yesterday…. Yesterday (Wednesday) I (Meg) spent the majority of my day off at the clinic in Nicoya having X Rays and tests, and so the doctor could ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 9 – a broken rib and a baby armadillo!
Last night the yellow warning for flooding was no joke, the rain we had was ridiculous. Most of the track to the beach and to the main house was flooded, at one point it was so deep that it was up to our knees! I (Meg) had hatchery duties at 8pm and 9pm, ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 8 – and still it rains!
We didn’t have a patrol last night so we got a full nights sleep which was much needed! I (Tom) was then awake for 5:30am to start my duties on the rain gauge and turtle hatchery. We had a lot of rain, it was the second highest it’s ever been this season! ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 7 – Mangrove swamps and howler monkeys
Patrol last night was strange in that only one leader was available for the patrol, so that meant we had to walk the full length of the beach rather than just one half. By the time we got to the southern end of the beach, the heavens decided to open ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 6 – Babies 2, 3 and 4!
We did the 2am to 5am patrol, and we were so lucky to have a very clear night and the moon was shining bright. Sadly we didn’t see any turtles but did find a poached nest that had been predated by a dog or raccoon. We stayed up to catch the sunrise but ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 5 – Our first baby!
Today (Friday), we finished our patrol at 1am, sadly we didn’t see any turtles however the weather was good and we didn’t get too wet. I (Tom), had hatchery duty at 6am but no babies appeared, however to my delight there was a lonesome baby turtle ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 4 – Turtle eggs galore!
Surreal, magical and indescribable! Last night (Wednesday) was our first patrol, we had the midnight until 3am shift, and when we got there our leader, Harriet, informed us that there was turtle on North Beach that the previous patrol had found. ...
Costa Rica 2019 volunteer trip – Day 3 – Deluges, footballs and fencing
Our first night (Tuesday) at the project involved a patrol of the beach from 8pm until 11pm, however there was a huge thunderstorm and the heavens completely opened. Neither of us have ever seen a thunderstorm like it and it lasted for hours! ...
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