During the year, the Group and its people continued to support many local and national great causes, close to the hearts and minds of the ScS family.
Our store network is spread across the UK and they play an active role in their local communities. As a socially responsible business it is important to us to contribute to society and the economy.
Bowel cancer awareness - Working with ITV’s Lorraine on their ‘No Butts’ campaign, we helped to raise awareness of bowel cancer and its symptoms. We filled Sunderland’s Stadium of Light with 22 empty two-seater sofas to represent the 44 people who lose their lives every day due to bowel cancer, the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. We also added decals to our delivery fleet, displayed informational signs in all of our showrooms and featured the campaign in our TV ads.
To help raise more funds, 250 of our colleagues walked, ran and cycled over 25,000 miles, which is greater than the number of miles around the earth! The Group donated £1 for every mile, and together with our colleagues own fundraising, we raised a total of £28,448 for this worthy cause.
Foundation of Light - For over 10 years, ScS has supported the Foundation of Light, which is Sunderland AFC’s official charity. During the year we worked with the charity to support their ‘Wear Together’ programmes which aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation in the over 50’s, an important issue which has been heightened during the pandemic. A number of our colleagues have attended sessions on a range of topics, engaging in conversation and interacting with people from the local community.
Free school meals - As a result of the government voting against extending free school meals for disadvantaged children, ScS donated £20,000 for local children in need during October 2020 half term. Working with ‘Together for Children Sunderland’ this money provided 10,000 free schools meals to some of Sunderland’s most underprivileged families.
Volunteers’ Week - The first week of June was Volunteers’ Week and our colleagues were encouraged to participate in their local communities. From helping to deliver guided walks to beach cleans, our teams rolled up their sleeves and headed out in their community to support some great causes.