At Ashtead we take pride in giving back to the communities in which we operate and from which we recruit. Our involvement is at both a corporate and a local level and where possible we seek to align our efforts with our own operations.
Our stores regularly support and participate in local charity events and community service. For example, we provide support to many community sporting events, including sponsoring a local softball team in Dallas and various charity golf tournaments across the US. We also continue to work closely with our designated charitable partner, the American Red Cross and its affiliates such as the Second Harvest Food Bank for which we have a food drive every November. We allow employees to make payroll deductions to contribute to the American Red Cross or the Sunbelt Employee Relief Fund.
In the UK we continue to support CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people. As a Patron of the charity, A-Plant has been instrumental in delivering improved accommodation to homeless people through professional expertise, building materials and financial donations. You can find out more about our community involvement in our annual report.
Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation honours military veterans and their families through the implementation of unique programmes designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. One of the Foundation’s core programmes is R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment), which builds specially-adapted custom smart homes for severely wounded heroes and their families so they may gain more independence in their daily lives. Sunbelt’s commitment to community and veteran support led to a partnership with the Foundation and R.I.S.E.. Through this partnership, Sunbelt supplies tools and equipment to the contractors on each of the home builds, at no charge. In addition to donating a portion of rental revenue from uniquely-branded equipment to the Foundation, Sunbelt also implemented a fundraising campaign, which was backed by a company match. These combined efforts resulted in a 2017 donation of $850,000 that directly supported the R.I.S.E. programme and allowed the Foundation to help even more deserving heroes. Through continued efforts to aid this extraordinary organisation, Sunbelt carries on its tradition of giving back to those in need.
Three Peaks Challenge
A group of 30 hardy A-Plant colleagues completed the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in September last year, taking on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the valley of the river Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is 24-miles long and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent. The team were raising funds for their nominated charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Parkinson’s UK.