Our goal is to be great neighbour and partner within the local community
We are committed to working with a number of charities each year and we strive to develop our strategy to support local and national causes going forward.
Each year our team dedicate their time and energy to fundraise and gain sponsorship for a number of events including the Warwickshire Lions Raft Race for Dogs for the Disabled, Seven in Seven cycle for Help Harry Help Others and a 24 hour static bike challenge raising funds for Memusi Foundation.
We understand it is important to listen to our staff therefore if there is a cause particularly close to someone’s heart, will we always endeavour to help in any way we can.
When we hosted Jaguar Land Rover's Grad Ball in 2015, we made a charitable donation of £5 per corkage item and £1 per cocktail sold to support their chosen charity, Born Free Foundation.
We have successfully raise over £300,000 for charities over the past year which is something we are extremely proud of accomplishing and look forward to increasing over the forthcoming years.
NSPCC- Coventry & Warwickshire
The Ricoh Arena has sat on the business board group for NSPCC Coventry & Warwickshire for over 3 years and continues to assist wherever possible to raise money for Boole House in Coventry
We host an annual NSPCC Ball which attracts around 600 guests per year and usually raises in excess of £100,000 per event.
Guide Dogs UK
During 2014 we have committed to raising money for Guide Dogs UK which provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.
The Ricoh Arena team have a number of visits from representatives for the organisation, including the guide dogs themselves! In addition we provide the organisation an opportunity to attend major events in hope they can raise additional funds wherever possible.
The Trussell Trust- Foodbank
This year the Ricoh Arena supported The Trussell Trust with their foodbank project.
The Trussell Trust works to empower local communities to combat poverty and exclusion. Their work provides practical help through sustainable projects such as the UK foodbank.
In 2004 the UK foodbank network was launched, teaching churches and communities nationwide how to start their own foodbank. The foodbank has quickly become The Trussell Trusts largest project providing a vital lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people in crisis across the UK.
From 1st April 2013 to the 31st March 2014 the foodbank project has fed 913,138 people nationwide from 423 foodbanks. On average 2 new foodbanks are created every week to meet the growing demand. Approximately 30,000 people volunteered with a foodbank in 2013/2014 distributing 8,318 tonnes of food.
Bearing these overwhelming statistics in mind Mark O’shea, Head of Operations and his team decided to add to the last statistic by donating some of the wonderful food and drinks that we had to spare at the Arena. By donating the vast amount of produce shown in the picture opposite they have helped families enjoy a healthy, satisfying meal.