Rap Interiors is a company that loves to give something back to the community. Take Christmas 2019, which saw the company lead the way in a “Help the Homeless at Christmas” campaign. This followed a successful campaign in 2018, which saw homeless 95 people fed over the Christmas period.
Rap’s aim was to do even better for the 2019 campaign, using social media and networking events as a platform to spread the word. In fact, Rap Interiors has attended Kent Construction Focus Group networking breakfasts for many years, and in December Design Director Julie Anderson gave a speech to spread the word and encourage donations from fellow networkers in the construction industry. The results were incredible.
The KCFG members responded generously by donating money during a whip-round, raising £395.45 in total. Other members who had heard about the campaign beforehand and gave boxes containing food, warm clothes and other essential items.
With the help of the KCFG members and other generous donators, Rap Interiors was able to raise enough money to make 360 meals. Additionally, each homeless person was given a present containing sweets, gifts and clothes.
These donations were shared by four local Maidstone charities, including The Salvation Army, Maidstone Day Centre, Hungry Hearts for the Homeless and Lily Smith House. In fact, the campaign was so successful that some of the food and money was distributed to another charity in Brighton.
Julie comments on the successful campaign: “We’d like to thank all the amazing members of the KCFG who kindly donated to our Help the Homeless at Christmas campaign. With some many gifts to wrap and so much food to distribute the Rap office became a production line of packing and wrapping!
We were overwhelmed by the incredible support and it goes to show the power of making connections at networking events like the KCFG breakfast. The positive impact we made was evident during the serving days, making me feel very proud of what we have achieved. We also received lots of great feedback from the charities, who are extremely thankful for our support.”
While Julie lead the way on this campaign, Rap’s Commercial Director is Martyn embarking on a fundraiser of his own. Martyn and 11 other campaigners will be will be trekking the mountains of Nepal to raise money for child bereavement charity Abigail’s Footsteps. The aim is to raise £3000, which will help to fund specialist baby counselling sessions for 20 families.
Julie’s 12-month mission now is working with Maplesden Noakes School in Maidstone to create a Dementia café – run by students studying Health and Social Care – for residents of local care homes. The illness affects so many people and Julie wants to create something that can make a difference to sufferers and their carers over an afternoon tea at the school on a regular basis. Contact Julie on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved in this.
KCFG is part of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and meets regularly on the first Tuesday of the month for peer to peer networking in the Construction sector with experts, speaker and colleagues who support Kent projects.
“Without being a member of this we wouldn’t have had the impact we did for our Homeless Campaign,” says Martyn.
Rap Interiors will be attending KCFG networking breakfasts throughout the year, so make sure you come and have a chat with a member of its team if you want to get involved in Martyn’s Nepal venture. Not only is it a chance to get involved in a good cause, it’s an opportunity to make a connection for life!