Leidos UK gets behind five local charities in the South West
Science and technology company Leidos UK is pleased to be teaming up with five charities in the South West throughout 2021, all of which are local to the company’s Bristol-based logistics division.
From its Bristol offices, Leidos operates the Logistics Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) programme for the Ministry of Defence. This thirteen year, £6.7 billion contract was awarded in 2015, with the primary focus on enhancing a core part of the UK’s Defence supply chain through digital transformation.
Leidos have made donations to each charity and its staff will be looking to take on volunteering work as the company strives to support local communities, many of which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and resulting lockdowns.
The charities that Leidos UK will be supporting are:
Connecting Kingswood: A partnership of 40 individuals who represent various organisations trying to make a positive difference in the neighbourhood of Kingswood, where many residents are lacking social and economic opportunities.
Incredible Kids: An inclusive play centre in Bristol where young people with additional needs can have fun and play alongside siblings.
Marie Curie: The end-of-life charity provides frontline nursing and hospice care in Bristol, a free support line and a wealth of information and support to those affected by cancer.
Helping Homeless Believe: A grassroots, volunteer-led charity providing hot and cold meals, drinks, toiletries, along with a whole host of other items to help the homeless community.
Humanitarian Bristol: Created in response to the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, its purpose is to provide a partnership based, holistically connected approach to support extremely vulnerable people. Service provision would include a supply of colourful food boxes, one-on-one emotional/mental wellbeing support, and signposting to relevant agencies for help.
Damian Alexander, Vice President, MD Logistics Division and Programme Director LCST said: “We want to show our support for the communities where our employees live and work, and these charities have all been chosen because they are very close to the hearts of people in our Bristol office.
These charities are addressing a diverse range of issues from poverty and homelessness to illness and loneliness. Yet what all they have in common is that they are making a real difference in the local community and improving the lives of its residents during an extremely challenging period for everyone. We look forward to building on our relationship with each of these charities throughout 2021.”
Georgina Densley of Incredible Kids said, “We know that right now our families need support more than ever and we are dedicated to providing safe opportunities to combat isolation and provide joyful experiences for families to share. Leidos are helping us to meet this crisis head on and emerge with a resilient service to support disabled and life-limited children and their families at this uncertain time.”
Marie Curie Fundraising Manager for the South West Natalie Garland said, “The support from Leidos will be a great benefit to people in the area who need our care and support at this most difficult time.”
A spokesperson for Helping Homeless Believe said, “The money that Leidos has kindly donated, will be used towards our weekly outreach costs, such as purchasing snacks and toiletries to make up the packs we hand out, and buying ingredients for our volunteer chefs to continue to making warm meals. Also, given the time of year, some of the funds will go towards survival packs – this includes a rucksack, sleeping bag, thermal underwear, hats, scarves and gloves.”
A spokesperson for Humanitarian Bristol said, “Together with Leidos we can work to reach out to isolated individuals and families who due to various barriers, require the support during this pandemic.”