As part of the perks at Spider, we are allowed to have an extra day of leave to use helping a charity, and this can take a whole range of forms. For my charity day this year, I went as part of a team with Oxfam to help steward at Glastonbury Festival.
I’ve been doing this for several years as it’s a great way to attend the festival for free, while helping make a big difference to Oxfam and their causes. This year, Oxfam’s campaign centred around highlighting the issues with fast fashion – and in the UK alone 11 million items of clothing go to landfill each week. Volunteer campaigners were around the festival sharing this message, while volunteer stewards like me were at the gates to check tickets and give people help and directions if they needed it. The Glastonbury organisers pay Oxfam for the equivalent we would’ve received for our time, which means we get to enjoy a free ticket to the festival.
I really enjoyed the week, the fantastic lineup of bands, glorious sunshine weather and not to mention the showers which are much more readily available on the stewards campsite. I hope I can go back next year!
Harriet Linnell – Spider
Spider sent a team to run 10k as part of the London City Relay, a month-long event which helps raise money for the Running Charity, in aid of helping homeless people in the city. The team ran together, managing to survive the hot conditions and dodge tourists, while others in the company came out to support and donated generously to the cause.
A special roof garden has been created on top of The Spider House in Leathermarket Street, Bermondsey, with the sole aim of cultivating bee friendly plants and flowers which will provide a valuable stopping-off point for the capital’s bee population. The bee corridor is equally important to a great number of other insects in an effort to help reverse the decline in pollinating insect numbers over the last 40 years. The planting has been designed to ensure nectar-rich flowers from early spring to late autumn provide a steady source of food. Sara Pearson, Founder and CEO of Spider said: “At first we thought we would like to have some hives on the roof for our own bees, but we were persuaded not to as the capital is quite busy with bees and honey production. What is in short supply are little oases of nectar heavy gardens where bees who travel up to 2 miles a day can come and forage. Whilst the Spider House is a splendid example of an original Victorian leather warehouse on 3 floors, one of its nearest neighbours is the ultra-modern and iconic Shard building, and now we have a little bit of the countryside in the heart of London. Even as we were planting the bees were arriving, it was such a joy”.