Close to Home Responsibility By Rupert Adams

Bookies go global in effort to help local charities

William Hill colleagues across eight countries and four continents spent the week of 20 – 26 March volunteering as part of the company’s first ever International Community Week.

The event was part of the company’s community commitment, Close to HOME, which looks to support the local communities where the firm is based.

Throughout the week William Hill colleagues from Australia, Poland, US, Israel, UK, Philippines, Gibraltar & Bulgaria volunteered in their local communities.

In the UK, Retail staff across the country supported a range of charities including the Retired Greyhound Trust in Canterbury, Batley Foodbank, KIND in Liverpool and Mereside M.A.F.I.A, a local initiative in Blackpool. In Haringey, colleagues spent some time painting and decorating at 2 different local charities, MIND in Haringey and Bikes for Good Causes.

International projects included a team in Sydney cooking meals to distribute to those in need, Nevada colleagues sort books for Spread the Word Nevada which aims to improve literacy in schools,  and a team in Manila organising football sessions for kids from a local charity.

Overall, 338 different William Hill colleagues took part in projects for the Community Week, committing 2404 hours of their time to support local causes that they had chosen to help.

Bill South, William Hill’s Group Director of Security and Community Affairs, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic International Community Week for the company with so many colleagues taking part. Throughout the week our William Hill colleagues worldwide have demonstrated outstanding commitment and passion in supporting their local communities with a huge range of inspiring projects.’

Any enquiries on the International Community Week, please contact Ollie Blackwell (oblackwell@williamhill.co.uk) or on 07889 320223

Notes

  • Close to HOME is William Hill’s community commitment launched in 2015. It seeks to make a positive difference in the local areas where the company is based.
  • The International Community Week follows on from the company’s first ever International Community Day they hosted last year.
  • In 2016 William Hill colleagues committed over 6,300 hours to volunteering for local causes.