RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, is celebrating achieving £40k in donations to a variety of local causes and charities through its My Community initiative, from April to October this year.
Each year the business, headquartered in Corby, helps community causes new and established, aiming to make a difference to the area in which it operates. This year’s activities have included fundraising and equipment donations to Medical Detection Dogs, support for Homestart Corby, and even manual labour and funds for a garden transformation at Pine Lodge Care Home.
RS’ latest show of support is for a Corby care home to help it become the first in the region to embark on a programme that uses the power of music in its care of those with dementia. Shire Lodge Nursing Home on Rockingham Road is using techniques from tried and tested programmes in the USA to help its residents with dementia, to soothe or stimulate the brain – or to unlock memories – using the power of music. The programme ‘Music and Memory’ has been supported by the My Community initiative, which has donated 10 iPods to enable more residents to get the benefit of this music therapy.
Sharon Goodall of Shire Lodge Nursing Home explained: “The majority of our residents have some degree of dementia, but music touches them all. Many of the residents are simply delighted when they have their headphones on, so the kind donation of these iPods by RS is invaluable to us for our Music and Memory programme.”
Kathryn Fantom, chairperson of My Community, said: “We’re delighted with the amount we’ve been able to raise for worthy community causes in a six-month period – it’s something for the whole My Community team and the wider supporters at RS to be very proud of. From donating equipment to helping train dogs that can detect cancer, to providing a garden for care home residents and visitors to enjoy, and helping people with dementia jump-start their memory through music – all of the causes we support can make a real difference to the lives of local people.”
My Community was set up around four years ago with the objective of helping local charities and causes. Each year since its inception it has celebrated fundraising with an annual fun day, raising further funds for the causes it works with. It also recently raised almost £1,800 for NSPCC through Halloween activities such as fancy dress, raffles and cake sales.
Kathryn concluded: “It’s been a bumper six months for our fundraising and we look forward to another successful effort for our community as we move into 2017.”