A champion of care

National sales manager Ashley Crookes of sponsor Ogilvie Fleet with the Community Award at the City Region Business Awards.
National sales manager Ashley Crookes of sponsor Ogilvie Fleet with the Community Award at the City Region Business Awards.
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Washroom systems company Franke Sissons has always taken a keen interest in its local community in Chesterfield, in particular partnering with Ashgate Hospice.

It has since embarked on an even more ambitious social responsibility drive to help and support more local charities and worthwhile causes.

They have taken several forms including charitable donations and support, local youth sport sponsorship and apprentices.

It gave cash to Fairplay, which helps children with disabilities, cancer support group Nenna Kind, Meadows School to pay for a trip for underprivileged children, Help for Heroes and Stubbing Wood School to help pay for a hydrotherapy pool.

Staff also donated an hour’s pay – matched by the company – to Ashgate Hospice and raised further funds through dress down and fancy dress days.

The firm sponsors a range of youth teams including Chesterfield Panthers U14s rugby, Wingerworth U11s football, motocross riders Dalton Dring and Lauren Collingwood as well as Chesterfield FC.

Franke Sissons also employs apprentices including Jack Braithwaite, studying fabricating and welding, who won the advanced apprentice learner of the year at Chesterfield College.

Managing director Andy Dukelow was named East Midlands Apprenticeship Champion 2013. He is on the board at both Ashgate Hospice and Meadows School.

The judges said the company showed excellent all- round participation in community-based projects and good leadership driving the ethos forward.