Giving back by supporting a local school
Supporting communities where we operate is one of the many values of Nexus Infrastructure - our parent company. This has been the case over many years through the work undertaken by the Nexus Community Trust, which has sought to give something back by working with local charities. At TriConnex we have been looking to develop local relationships where our support can make a real difference.
The first of these relationships is in Braintree, where we've connected with the Edith Borthwick School. A day special school, catering for children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties, they currently have over 230 students ranging from 3 to 19 years.
Our Managing Director, David Topping and Finance Director, Dawn Hillman, met with the school’s Headmaster Dan Woodman earlier in the year following David’s chance encounter with a parent whose child attends the school. We agreed to create a plan to provide support to the school through staff volunteering projects and fundraising activities to purchase additional new play equipment for the children in the future.
To launch our support programme, we placed an order back in January to have two items of play equipment installed - a Hotshot Ball game and a Spring Balance Bell. After several Coronavirus-related delays since ordering, these were finally installed before the start of the new school year and are currently being enjoyed by the pupils.
David commented “TriConnex has grown rapidly in recent years and is now a major employer in the Braintree area. We’ve been looking for ways in which we can create stronger ties with the community in which we operate, and when I heard about the Edith Borthwick School, it seemed a perfect way to give something back. What’s amazing is that the school is on the same industrial estate as ourselves, so there’s an even closer connection than I’d initially anticipated. Despite the Coronavirus-related delays, I’m delighted that the children can now enjoy the new equipment.”
Two new pieces of play equipment have now been installed, funded by TriConnex – a Hotshot Ball game and a Spring Balance Bell. Our small contribution to date has been well-received, and we look forward to supporting the school further in the years to come.