Restore your faith in human nature.

In the construction industry, we talk a lot about social value and we build it into our proposals and programmes to ensure that we give back to society, and rightly so.

Our industry has always been one where we leave a footprint; once we have completed a job, the results are there for all the world to see for years to come . . but it’s wonderful to leave a different kind of legacy.

However, sometimes, the giving happens naturally. It certainly did at Danaher & Walsh in December.  We have long known that the Danaher & Walsh difference is our people, but in the last month, they have proved it in spades (see what I did there, well, it is still the festive season, so you can forgive me for one last cracker joke!).

Our Business Development Manager bumped into one of his neighbours who volunteers at a local food bank near our site at Melton Mowbray, so he decided to see what he could do to help.  Within days, he had our client Galliford Try on board, as well as everyone at D&W Head Office, and this meant that just before Christmas, between us, we were able to deliver BOOT loads of food to the food bank in Melton.

Our team at our site at Watkin Road Bridge did something equally selfless.  The team have had an incredible year, winning multiple awards and achieving a near-perfect Considerate Constructors score, so they won our internal Team of the Month for December, a cash prize of £100 for them to spend on a round of bacon butties or a drink after work.  Instead, they chose to donate it to the food bank near their site in North Leicester.  How amazing is that?! The goodwill doesn’t stop there, though.  In recognition of this gesture, Dan Danaher doubled the value of the prize, so once again, copious amounts of food were delivered to another food bank just before Christmas.

We also raised lots of money for our chosen charity, Hope for Cancer, through raffling off the generous gifts from our suppliers, so thank you to them for that . . but there is one more significant act of kindness that I want to draw your attention to, to bring 2023 to a close.

Danaher & Walsh are working with Keep Moat on a job near the River Soar.  On a day in December, they saw a woman flailing in the river.  With a quick response and the use of a ladder, they managed to save the woman from drowning.  In recognition of this, we have made a substantial donation to the Samaritans.

Restores your faith in human nature. 

As we enter 2024, we wish you and yours a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Joanne Wilson

Head of Marketing & Social Value Lead

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Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh

“To win a Considerate Constructors Leading Light award means a great deal. To win the overall award is fantastic. This is a national award and we are a local contractor. We know our standards are high, but to have this recognised by such a well-respected body as Considerate Constructors is very special. We are very proud indeed.”

 

Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd

Following a company-wide poll, we are delighted to announce our new charity partner.  

We will be supporting Hope Against Cancer which is a small charity close to our head office in Leicestershire and close to hearts. 

We look forward to working with Trace Voss (pictured here with Dan Danaher) and the team to help make a difference. 

Hope Against Cancer, currently celebrating their 20th year, is Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. The organisation is dedicated to funding cutting-edge research within the region and making clinical trials accessible to the local population. 

Their ultimate aim is to create a future where more individuals can overcome cancer. This is achieved through the support of innovative research that leads to enhanced treatments and improved outcomes for the community. 

Hope Against Cancer works in collaboration with local universities and hospitals to establish Leicestershire as a hub of expertise in cancer research and treatment. Since its establishment in 2003, the charity has provided funding for over 60 research projects addressing a wide range of cancer types.

Find out more about Hope Against Cancer here.

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A joint Danaher & Walsh / Anglian Water team attended Lincoln Group Training Association’s Construction Week event for young people to promote career opportunities in the water industry.

The event took place from the 30th September to the 2nd of October at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Pupils from schools across Lincolnshire visited the event, where they were able to learn about a wide range of trades and careers within the construction industry. As well as taking part in practical demonstrations, they were able to gain insight from industry professionals.

The Danaher & Walsh / Anglian Water team talked to youngsters about pipeline and sewer repairs and maintenance, and demonstrated a state-of-the-art vacuum excavation machine.

The LGTA is a not-for-profit association of around 60 construction companies located in Lincolnshire. It is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which is in turn funded by the Government levy on the construction industry.

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Danaher & Walsh has chosen Parkinson’s UK as its charity of the year.

The charity was selected by staff by a company-wide poll. It was nominated by D&W’s Steve Douglas, whose wife Genna suffers from early-onset Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition in which the brain does not produce enough dopamine. This results in symptoms such as shaking, muscle stiffness and lack of mobility.

Affecting around 145,000 people in the UK, Parkinson’s Disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

Parkinson’s UK is dedicated to both providing practical support for Parkinson’s sufferers and funding vital research towards finding treatments for the condition and, ultimately, a cure.

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Danaher & Walsh has carried out playground improvement works at Braunstone Frith Primary School, Leicester, as part of a joint social value initiative with Balfour Beatty.

Danaher & Walsh is currently working with Balfour Beatty on the Putney Road West highway improvements project in Leicester.

The site team is working collaboratively to deliver a package of social value initiatives for the local community.

The voluntary works carried out at Braunstone Frith Primary School include D&W’s construction of a new wheelchair-accessible ramp into the school from the playground.

A large planter was installed, with a rubber chipping surround to provide a soft surface for children tending to plants. Benches were also installed and landscaping works carried out to provide a fresh, new playground environment.

The plant required for the construction was donated by Flannery Plant Hire.

The planter and benches were donated by Balfour Beatty, as well as scooters and safety equipment for the school.

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The site team at the Coventry Air Quality Project highway works scheme has made a sizeable donation to Coventry Food Bank.

The donation has been timed to coincide with the school Easter holidays, during which food bank demand is typically higher then normal.

The items donated include food and supplies, which will contribute towards the items needed to help support around 450 families every week. Owing to the success of the initiative, further donations are planned.

The AQP project, which will provide a range of transport improvements in central Coventry, is being delivered by Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering and Balfour Beatty on behalf of Coventry City Council.

The joint project team has made a commitment to delivering social value to the local community throughout the scheme.

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Danaher & Walsh has launched a pioneering new initiative to provide owls on every construction site to help boost employee morale and mental wellbeing.

The nocturnal predators, famed for their wise demeanour, have been selected for the task based on their calming influence on workers, as demonstrated in a series of trials.

Their ability to rotate their head by up to 270° is also deemed to be a benefit, as they are able to keep a watch over a large number of workers from a static position.

D&W’s parliament of owls will be homed in a purpose-built aviary behind its Mountsorrel head office, where they will receive care and specialist training.

Speaking about the initiative, Operations Coordinator Ken Wise said: “We’re proud to be yet again leading the way in employee mental health and wellbeing.

“The usually nocturnal birds have adapted well to having a day job. The owls have quickly become popular team members, even getting involved in social activities.

“An added bonus of using owls is the significant reduction in pest control costs on our sites.”

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Danaher & Walsh’s SHEQ Manager Sue Southam has been helping out at Leicester City in the Community’s Work for All programme by taking part in mock interviews with students.

The Work for All programme works with Year 13 (aged 17 – 18) students from various SEND schools across Leicestershire. It aims to develop their skills and improve their employability.

The mock interviews serve to prepare the students for real-life job interview situations and equip them with the skills to help demonstrate their value as a prospective employee.

The 12-week programme culminates in a work experience placement, followed by a weekend trip to Calvert Lakes, a residential outdoor activity site for disabled individuals.

Leicester City in the Community is a social value and community engagement initiative of Leicester City Football Club.

Sue Southam is a trained CITB Construction Ambassador, who is passionate about engaging with young people to help inspire them into fulfilling careers, particularly within the construction industry.

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