E C Harris, whose HQ building is at 34 York Way, aims to generate value for the community. And by actively supporting Help for Heroes, the London Wildlife Trust and King’s Cross Community Projects they are certainly putting this into action.
The first annual donation pictured being presented here a couple of weeks ago is the result of an entire year’s activities spearheaded by three ‘community champions’ at E C Harris’ HQ. Events included a hugely successful auction at which a range of donated items were bid for by staff at a fantastic night out, a photographic competition and publication of a cookery book of staff recipes from all over the world.
And that’s not the end of it. The company wants to make a real difference and will work with each adopted charity to get lasting results for each penny donated. Staff at E C Harris will be kept up to date with progress.
King’s Cross Community Projects was set up by a group of local people wanting to create a ‘greenwall’. They didn’t want to set up a new organisation, but were unable to find an existing group to help them manage the project by ‘hosting’ it. So, they felt pushed into setting up an organisation. However, it was proposed to them that there may well be other people in and around King’s Cross in a similar position. To set up a new charity with one limited aim might be a waste… so they called the charity ‘King’s Cross Community Projects’ with the aim of being such a host should other groups of people want to run projects. And now KCCP is actively running a ‘mapping’ exercise to identify small community based projects that might benefit from a host with charitable status, a bank account and all the organisational gubbins needed to turn dreams into reality by improving the area within half a mile of the station. They are keen to hear practical project ideas from people in KX.
The coming years’ fundraising events at E C Harris are very exciting, with the theme of running around the world staff will be running, hopping, cycling, bouncing – in fact moving in as many ways as possible – to cover the equivalent mileage!