Community

Here at Gressingham, we're proud to be part of a region renowned for its beautiful countryside, history, culture and gastro delights.

Closer to home, we're proud to be able to support many local teams, schools and charities in the way of sponsorship and donations. From marathons and desert treks, to rugby clubs and football clubs, to awards of excellence and student sponsorship - it's all going on! This is our way of giving something back to the communities who we live and work alongside, and from whom we are very proud to employ many of our staff.

 


Young People

Charsfield CEVCP School 

We're very pleased to announce that we're going to be working on some exciting gardening projects with Charsfield Primary School over the winter months. This is a great opportunity for Gressingham to contribute something to the local community and will hopefully bring lots of enjoyment to the children.

IPSEA

IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs.  All their advice is given by trained volunteers.

Just42

Just42 are a Christian based children and youth work charity for Woodbridge and surrounding rural areas.  Just 42 engages young people through clubs, workshops and school assemblies, making a difference to the whole of the Woodbridge community.

  • Geoffrey Buchanan and Miriam Buchanan, founding trustees
  • Seven trustees in total, 3 full time staff, 2 part time staff
  • Gressingham as a business donates £49k/year to J42 (35% of J42 total funds)
  • J42 is in contact with 300-350 children and young people weekly, offering weekly clubs and events, holiday events, schools work and assemblies, sports, coaching, mentoring
  • Work with local council and police to make a positive impact on lives of young people in Suffolk 

The Bridge School, Islington

The Bridge is a community special school in Islington, North London. They cater for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Their specialist area of work is addressing communication and interaction difficulties.

"This is an innovative school. We have new school buildings, sensory rooms, cutting edge technology, plasma screens... Also practice is innovative. We try out new stuff and ideas and support each other."

"This is a great place. It is a place that gives opportunities to learn about life and also equips the children for life"

"The school as a whole body really does its best to accommodate all children and address their individual needs"

 

SuffolkOne College

Donation towards sensory garden plus also donated some sleepers.

Charsfield Recreation Ground

Donated a piece of play equipment for their new playground.

Friends of Grundisburgh School

Donation for their Christmas raffle.

Charsfield School

Donation for their Christmas raffle 


Industry 

In 2009 – 2011 we committed £83,500 and in 2012 £28,500.

Including:

Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence – committed sponsorship for the 3 years 2011- 2013 

Menu Innovation Forum – sponsorship 

Harper Adams University College – sponsoring two 2nd year students with university fees and paid placements at Gressingham


Local Community 

Money donated to date: £1,500

Easton Church - donation for their Christmas raffle

The White Horse Pub, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk - donation for their Christmas Raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Woodbridge 10k – third year of sponsoring the annual 10k race around Woodbridge plus entering a Gressingham team to run the event.  Funds raised are distributed to local charities

Redgrave Church Heritage Trust - donation towards their musical ‘Quasimodo’ and towards their play ‘Murder in the Cathedral’

Edward Kerry - donation towards his Sahara Desert trek in aid of Help for Heroes

Rickinghall Area Hospice Fundraisers – donation for their Christmas draw

NFU Suffolk County Harvest Festival – donation

Coping with Breast Cancer, Suffolk – donation

Easton Festival – donation

Little Ellingham Parish Council - donation towards a new village sign


Local Sport 

Money donated to date £2,000 

Woodbridge Rugby Club – banner ad

Woodbridge Rugby Club – match ball sponsorship for 2011/12 season

Garboldisham Football Club - second year of donating towards costs

Redgrave Rangers Football Club – second year of donating towards insurance costs (previously also donated for their raffle)

Rickinghall Football Club – third year of donating towards costs

Diss Rugby Club – banner ad 


General

We donated £5,000 to Comic Relief