Rapid takes its ethical and community responsibilities very seriously.
We support a number of local and national charities with a wide-ranging programme of fundraising. These include the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, Breast Cancer Now, Save the Children and MacMillan Cancer Support. Our local chosen charity is St Helena Hospice in Colchester, with whom we have worked in partnership for over a decade. We have been able to donate considerable sums to the hospice due to continuous initiatives, such as the funds received from a car parking service for football supporters using the nearby Colchester United Community Stadium. As a Spring Sponsor in 2021 we were able to help the hospice with its Virtual Ward, a vital service which allows patients to remain at home during the last weeks of life, while receiving personal care and support from hospice staff.
In recent years staff have donated Easter eggs to the children’s ward of the local hospital trust, as well as large quantities of clothing, gifts, food, toiletries and essentials to the Colchester Food Bank, Next Chapter and Colchester Emergency Night Shelter. Funds have been raised for men’s health charities through the Movember initiative and mental health charity Mind via a virtual ‘March to Everest’, which saw staff travel the equivalent of 6,330 miles in one month. In times of national emergency we also try to help where we can. During the coronavirus pandemic when there was an acute shortage of PPE for health workers, we donated materials like polypropylene and acetate to schools that were using their 3D printers to produce face shields. Rapid also donated boxes of medical-grade face masks to several local organisations so that they could continue their work safely.
“The masks delivered by Rapid Electronics for our In-Patient Unit are excellent quality and have been put to good use to care for our patients safely”