Community Matters

Community matters here at Apollo Fire Detectors and as a socially responsible employer we like to give back to our local community and our employees.

We support a number of charities throughout the year, all nominated by staff, through numerous activities such as donation drives, sponsored events and 'dress down Fridays' to name a few.​ 

Our Dress Down Fridays take place every week and participating employees donate £1 each to our nominated charity. Below are some of the charities that we have supported recently:

Gift of Sight Campaign - May 2019

Charles Lombard, our Managing Director, taking part in an eye health screening.

Nearly 40 employees at Apollo took part in the 'Gift of Sight' eye health screening, raising $900 for the Himalayan Cataract Project, an international NGO focused on curing blindness in underserved communities.

Donations - April 2019

Empty Apollo warehouse

Our support hasn’t just been limited to time volunteering; the IT team donated £500 to our charity of 2019, Lifehouse, from recycling old IT equipment. This donation allowed LifeHouse to buy a much-needed new water heater.

Around 200 spare pallets from Apollo were also donated to Rowan’s Hospice to be used in their warehouse. Sue Reeves, Processing Lead at Rowans Hospice said: "Thank you very much for this kind donation, which will be very useful to us at Rowans Retail!"

LifeHouse’s Big Painting Day - April 2019

Apollo employees painting the LifeHouse building

In April, five of our employees took part in LifeHouse’s Big Painting Day. As part of the event the outside walls of the LifeHouse’s building were given a fresh lick of paint in the charity colours of blue and white.

UV Foam Fun Run - March 2019

Apollo employees at the UV Foam Fun Run

A team of our employees took part in the UV Foam Race to support Rowans Hospice and raised £500!

LifeHouse Donations - December 2018

Apollo employees with the LifeHouse team.

Our charity over Christmas was LifeHouse in Portsmouth, a kitchen/support centre that serves food to the homeless. Apollo staff brought in a range of clothing donations for the charity as well as donating our old fleeces.

Donation Sorting for Rowans - October 2018

Bags of donations at Rowans Hospice.

A group of 6 volunteers assisted with donation processing for Rowan’s Hospice at their Farlington warehouse. After processing, donations are then distributed to various rowans shops across the south.

Volunteering in Rowans Hospice Gardens - August 2018

Apollo employees volunteering at Rowans Hospice gardens

Apollo employees spent the day volunteering in the gardens at Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville - bedding new plants, weeding and otherwise tending to the gardens.

Dragon Boat Festival - May 2018

Apollo employees fundraising for Rowans Hospice by participating in a Dragon Boat Festival

Apollo employees dedicated their time and effort to Portsmouth's Dragon Boat Festival, while raising money for Rowans Hospice. The team got through to the finals, with the third-fastest time in the qualifying rounds, but unfortunately missed out on a medal position in a close final. Donations were collected in person and through our JustGiving page, which is still accepting donations.

Petersfield School U14s & U15s football teams - April 2018

Local youth team travels to Madrid on football tour

Petersfield School pupils who play on their U14s and U15s football teams are travelling to Madrid where they will play 3 football matches and experience a new culture and different style of the sport. The tour will include the Santiago Bernebau as well as sightseeing throughout Madrid. Apollo have sponsored the team £250, which will be used to help provide a new kit. In return for the funding, the teams collected and donated food to their local food bank.

Rowans Hospice - October 2017

Apollo employees ready for the Rowans Ride

Apollo has carried out a number of activities in the past few months for Rowans Hospice, including 3 employees participating in the Rowans Ride, 9 employees volunteering in the hospice garden and the donation centre, the proceeds of our August Dress Down Fridays going to the charity, and one of our contractors even taking part in the Skydive Challenge. In all, we raised £1,020 for Rowans Hospice.

Crofton Saints Youth Football Club - September 2017

Apollo sponsored new rain jackets for Crofton Saints YFC

We sponsored the Crofton under 12’s football team so that they could buy a set of new rain jackets, which were received just in time for their tour of Ireland. In return for the sponsorship, Crofton football team undertook a litter pick of Seafield Park - the public area next to their pitch. They collected several bin bags of rubbish and weren’t put off when it started raining, the new jackets came in handy though!

Portsmouth Food Bank - April 2017

Portsmouth Food Bank

Apollo staff collected and donated a variety of food items for the Portsmouth Foodbank, as well as donating the proceeds from the weekly Dress Down Friday. Items delivered to the foodbank by Finance Director Pete Browitt included Easter eggs for local families, and a wide range of non-perishable goods which the charity desperatley needed, including tinned fruit, long-life juice, baby food, UHT milk and cereal.  The Portsmouth Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.​

Wessex Cancer Trust - May 2017

Apollo employees ready for the Portsmouth Dragon Boat Festival

Wessex Cancer Trust helps and supports anyone in the local community affected by cancer, regardless of age, gender or type of cancer.  A group of 18 employees competed against other teams in the Portsmouth Dragon Boat Festival at Portsmouth's North Harbour, gaining sponsorship towards the charity from colleagues and family members.  The total raised for the event and the weekly staff dress down Friday resulted in a fantastic £1,092.44 being raised for the charity. 

Canine Partners - February 2017

Canine Partners bringing a working dog into ApolloWe were joined at the Apollo offices in Havant by Pam Quick and assistance dog Alucia from Canine Partners, who we presented with £500 that employees raised by donating to dress down on Fridays. Monies raised will go towards the amazing work the charity does training assistance dogs to support people with physical disabilities.

Salvation Army - December 2016

Steve Brown donating presents to Salvation Army

Steve Brown Apollo Fire Detectors Managing Director visited The Haven Salvation Army community centre in Portsmouth, to deliver presents donated by Apollo staff for children and elderly persons who may not receive a gift this year. The Christmas toys and gifts donated to the charity were individually chosen and donated by employees at Apollo, wrapped by the Salvation Army and distributed across Portsmouth to families in need, older people and those experiencing homelessness at Christmas.  Throughout the month of December other fundraising activities at Apollo included dress down Fridays, a Christmas jumper day and other staff initiatives resulting in £1,087 being raised for the charity. 

Ride for the Roses - 2016

Four Apollo staff ready for the Ride for the RosesApollo staff members joined our customer Hertek to cycle 500km (311 Miles) over 3 days across the Netherlands and Germany to raise funds for Ride for the Roses Dutch cancer society. The Ride for the Roses main event involved around 10,000 cyclists all completing 25 km, 50km or 100km rides and raising funds to support the fight against cancer.

Everyone who participated was presented with a rose at the finish line to symbolise a tomorrow for everyone.

Horndean Hawks FC U7s & PO9 Food Bank - 2016

Paper bags with presents We sponsored the Horndean Hawks U7’s football team to buy a new kit for the current season. In return for the sponsorship, the Horndean Hawks gave back to the local community by collecting 15 bags of food from friends and family, and donating it to the local Havant-based PO9 Food Bank.

Well done to the Horndean Hawks and good luck for the season!

Demelza Hospice Care for Children - 2016

Demelza Hospice Care for Children logoDemelza Hospice cares for terminally ill children and their families, offering respite breaks, end of life care and bereavement support at hospices in South East London and Kent and through a hospice at home service in East Sussex. Apollo has donated 259 devices to Demelza as their current system was in desperate need of updating, with Multifire offering their time in installing and maintaining the new detectors.