+ In the Community

In the Community

We are committed to supporting our local community and we take part in a range of projects and initiatives on our doorstep. Many staff are generous with their time, effort and skills and in our team we’ve got sports coaches, mentors, committee and PTA members, school governors, youth leaders or group treasurers.

We also actively support local schools, colleges, universities and other groups by discussing research and hosting visits to our facilities.  

We encourage staff fundraising for good causes and each year the team selects a Charity of the Year which becomes the main focus for raising money.

Below are some of the charities we have supported. Click on the link for more information about each.

Ledbury Food Bank

An independent food bank charity that aims to help people that live in Ledbury and the surrounding villages.  The charity is run entirely by volunteers who believe that no one should go hungry. 

St Michaels Hospice

St Michaels Hospice is committed to providing specialist palliative care for people with life threatening diseases and support for their families and friends. Undertaking to share with others the benefits of its knowledge, skills and experience.

Ledbury in Bloom

The aim of Ledbury in Bloom is to create an attractive atmosphere for those who live and work in the town as well as for the thousands of visitors who visit the town each year. It is also an important initiative to promote a community spirit and environmental awareness.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a national charity aimed at motivating young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the work skills, knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.  They empower young people to discover, develop and celebrate their skills and potential

Save the Children

Happy to enter into the festive spirit we joined in with the 'make the world better with a sweater', Christmas Jumper Day, Our people enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to show some good wool and sponsor close colleagues to wear a range of extremely colourful Christmas woollies.

Wye Valley NHS Trust

The unit provides intensive care, high dependency care and special care to newborn babies who are born 30 weeks gestation and above.

Help for Heroes

Practical, Direct Support for our Wounded "It’s about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes."

The Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers work together to provide help and information to people affected by dementia in their communities.

Community First Responders

Community First Responders are volunteer members of the local community who are trained by the Ambulance Service to attend life-threatening emergencies ahead of an ambulance arriving. Their role is to enhance the response in areas where it is difficult to get a response quickly.

Volunteers are trained in life saving skills and are proficient in airway management; oxygen therapy and the use of an external automated defibrillator.

Macmillan Cancer Support

The current Charles Renton Unit needs to expand to meet the growing demand for chemotherapy from people in Herefordshire and Powys: the number of people with cancer is increasing, and changes in drugs and other treatments mean that more people can be treated closer to home.

Breast Cancer Haven

Breast Cancer Care supports the physical and emotional needs of anyone affected by breast cancer. Havens are welcoming day centres which offer free support, information and complementary therapies to help before, during and after medical treatment.

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust cares for life-limited children and their families from across the West Midlands region. Acorns aims to provide holistic care with physical, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Patients Voice

Formerly known as Seriously Ill for Medical Research (SIMR), Patients' Voice is a national voluntary group. Its members, many of whom have serious, life-threatening conditions, support the humane use of animals and the ethical use of biotechnology in medical research. They recognise that medical researchers need living systems to research and develop new treatments for complex diseases.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK supports research group leaders throughout the UK, through a variety of funding mechanisms including research institutes, clinical centres, programme and project grants. It is committed to the research funding of both scientists and clinicians and support a number of personal award schemes.

The County Air Ambulance

The County Air Ambulance is now established as a familiar sight over a large area of the country, readily recognised for the life-saving skills brought to many patients.

Since 1991, communities throughout the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, East Midlands and West Midlands had benefited from the air ambulance service. The communities have in turn demonstrated their support enabling the success and growth of the scheme.


WaterAid has been instrumental in providing sustainable supplies of drinking water in poorer countries.

WaterAids´s work reminds us how fortunate we are in developed countries to be able to take our water supplies for granted. In much of the world this is not the case.

World Wildlife Fund

We chose to support the World Wildlife Fund in its efforts to protect endangered species. Sequani has adopted a female BENGAL TIGER aged nine, called Manau Pothi living in the Royal Bardia National Park in Nepal.

The Courtyard, Hereford

The Courtyard is a large, fully-accessible, purpose-built theatre and centre for the arts.  The Courtyard also houses a studio theatre, a rehearsal room/dance studio, meeting rooms and an award-winning licensed cafe bar. 
The Courtyard is proud to be a multi-genre, professional presentation and co-producing venue with a loyal and sizeable audience in the West Midlands region and beyond. The Courtyard is at the hub of the Herefordshire community and plays a major role as the primary performance venue for the county.

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