BSM run a ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative as part of its corporate social responsibility programme and to give something back to the community. Each year employees are given the opportunity to nominate their chosen charity and the selected charity is chosen by employee vote.
The 2015 BSM Group Charity of the Year winner is the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). The IMNDA will receive a donation of €7,500. IMNDA was nominated by Linda Davey, Marketing Manager at BSM. Linda choose this charity because of its ongoing support to sufferers of this debilitating disease and its campaign to increase awareness and raise vital funds for research.
The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is the only organisation of its kind in this country. It was set up in May 1985 to provide care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers, families and friends. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. There are currently over 320 people living with MND in Ireland. MND is often referred to as the 1,000 day disease as most people die within 1,000 days of being diagnosed.
The '2014 BSM Charity of the Year' is Pieta House and was nominated by employee Mairead Davin. A donation of €7,500 has been made to Pieta House.
Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre providing a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. Anyone can access the service; it is completely free of charge and a doctor’s referral or psychiatric report is not required. Most people are referred to Pieta House by family members or friends.