As the entire UK community comes together to battle the Covid-19 outbreak, businesses have also been going the extra mile to help those in need. Drax- the energy company, has helped several sections of society battle the pandemic – here’s how:
Drax has provided over 170 care homes in the UK with free power during this coronavirus crisis. All the care homes that would be getting this free-of-cost supply are supplied by Haven Power and Opus Energy. Both these firms are part of the Drax Group. The homes that would be receiving this would also be getting a letter to confirm that their energy bills have been waived off.
In addition to this, the company is giving £150,000 to a national charity, Money Advice Trust’s Business Debtline, which is focused on assisting SMEs that are under financial strain. Drax had earlier stated that it would defer or reduce payments for businesses that had been negatively impacted due to the lockdown. Energy rates had already been frozen for the next 3 months for firms whose contracts were ending. They were being switched to a monthly plan.
Will Gardiner, who is the CEO of the Drax Group, sees offering free energy to care homes as ‘doing their bit’ for those who look after the most vulnerable people in our communities. This cancellation of bills is to appreciate the work that these businesses are continuing to do.
The firm has stated that this waiver is a part of a larger support package that is worth over £636,000. All the care groups receiving these benefits are based in communities that are local to the company’s operations in England, Wales, and Scotland.
Several hundred students are also receiving new laptops from Drax energy, as an initiative to help their studies during the lockdown. Drax has pledged a sum of £250,000 to purchase 853 new laptops. Each laptop is also equipped with 3 months of internet access through a dongle with 30GB internet. This would help the students continue their learning during the summer.
These are HP Chromebooks that have been sent to the company’s partner schools. These include Selby High School, Selby Abbey Primary, Camblesforth primary, Selby Community Primary, Barwic Parade Primary as well as the Selby College. East Yorkshire Children’s care leavers service, Goole Secondary, Snaith Secondary as well as the Campsmount Academy are also some institutions that have received the laptops donated by Drax.
The initiative is a part of Drax’s efforts to support the community, as part of its role as a founding member of a national scheme for employers to aid in coronavirus efforts by helping customers, employees, and communities through the crisis. This scheme is called the C-19 Business Pledge.
With classes at educational institutions suspended indefinitely, students whose families did not own a PC had been unable to access online resources for learning. As per Selby Community Primary School’s headteacher Ian Clennan, the laptops donated by Drax would make quite the difference in the lives of students who did not have access to online resources. It would also have a huge impact on the entire school community once the coronavirus lockdown ends.
Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams also stated that this step of donating laptops and internet access is a welcome move, and an example of Drax being instrumental in supporting the community and helping students realise their potential. The laptops would not only benefit students when schools are closed but also later as there is a sea of learning available online.
The efforts and steps by Drax are leading the way in showing how companies can help their customers and the community. Other companies should be coming together to support their local communities and help the people get through the crisis to the best of their ability.