General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited takes its corporate responsibilities very seriously. We take responsibility for our business activities and actively contribute to the communities in which we operate.
General Dynamics UK contributes on a national level to those charities aligned with our business activities, supporting those associated with the forces and the military. On a local level, we focus on the needs of the local communities in which we operate, including Hastings and Oakdale, South Wales. Support can range from financial aid, employee volunteerism or other donations of support and resources.
General Dynamics UK focuses its national contributions on supporting several charities and benevolent funds associated with the military:
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Supporting the annual Hastings Beatles Day
General Dynamics UK is a regular contributor to the annual Hastings Beatles Day. The 2014 event raised more than £23,000 for MacMillan Cancer Care.
Since it began in 2000, the Beatles Day has raised more than £140,000, which has gone towards helping people who are living with cancer in Sussex.
Continuing support for St. Michael’s Hospice, Hastings
General Dynamics UK employees based in Hastings raised money for St. Michael’s Hospice recently as part of its Yellow Day event. As well as wearing yellow for the day, employees made, brought in, sold and ate cake to raise money.
Supporting Hastings and St. Leonard’s Priory Cricket Club
General Dynamics UK has regularly supported Hastings and St. Leonard’s Priory Cricket Club hold indoor and outdoor cricket training sessions for those adults and children with disabilities.
Under employees making a difference:
- Completing the three peaks challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society
- Running the Hastings Half Marathon on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK
- Taking part in the Starlight Walk to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales
- Groups of employees running the Cardiff Poppy Fun Run to raise money for the Royal British Legion
- Running the London Marathon for Get Kids Going!
- And one employee will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2014 to raise money for the 'Halcyon Training Foundation'
Supporting the Severn Area Rescue Association
The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) recently launched its new Newport Lifeboat and Flood Rescue Equipment Hub, which includes equipment donated by General Dynamics UK.
SARA is an inshore rescue boat and land search organisation covering the Severn Estuary and the surrounding area. The new rescue equipment hub in Newport includes a specially modified container, donated by General Dynamics UK, which will be used to store the specialist equipment for lifeboat, swift water or flood emergencies and incidents on the Rivers Usk, Ebbw and Afon Llwyd.
Supporting Jack’s Appeal
General Dynamics UK donated £1,000 in May 2014 to the charity Welsh Hearts, which works to preserve, safeguard and promote the cardiovascular health of all persons in Wales. The donation was used to purchase a defibrillator for Cwmcarn High School.
Sponsoring mini rugby at Rhydyfelin RFC
General Dynamics UK supported Rhydyfelin RFC mini rugby section by donating a selection of raffle prizes for their end of season presentation in May 2014. General Dynamics UK is currently the main kit sponsor for the Rhydyfelin RFC under 8s age group.
Donating a Welsh flag to Pontllanfraith School
At the request of local MP Chris Evans, General Dynamics UK donated a Welsh flag to Pontllanfraith School. Students at the school asked their MP to help them find a flag for their empty flagpole in one of their final Student Council meetings.
Chris Evans MP said: “It is great to see a dynamic local company like General Dynamics UK working closely with local schools.”