19 Jul 2018

Prologis Impact Day 2018 – Happyfields Animal Sanctuary

By Kate Grantham

If ‘many hands make light work’ then imagine what 3,200 hands can do? That’s exactly the number of hands from Prologis’ offices across the globe that took part in Impact Day, the company’s annual day of service, on 18th May 2018.

This is the sixth year that Prologis has held its annual Impact Day and, in Solihull, the team worked with Happyfields Animals Sanctuary.

Happyfields Animals Sanctuary

Prologis was introduced to Happyfields Animal Sanctuary by LoveBrum, as the cause had been showcased previously but was not successful in receiving funding. As a patron of LoveBrum, Prologis asked us to suggest a project where employees could make a real difference and Happyfields Animal Sanctuary was chosen, not only for its work in rescuing and rehabilitating animals in need but also because of the positive impact the sanctuary has on the lives of those with physical and learning disabilities.

Impact Day Building tomorrow together
The Prologis team raring to go at Happyfields Animal Sanctuary for Prologis Impact Day 2018

Wayne Porter from Prologis Solihull was one of the first people to visit Happyfields and, following a long, cold and very wet winter, he was under no illusion about the task that lay ahead:

“The first thing that struck me was the lack of access for people with pushchairs or wheelchairs,” he recalls. “The ground was waterlogged and full of deep ruts where a tractor had been used to deliver much-needed feed for the animals.

It was clear that a one-day project would only scratch the surface and that the charity was in need of a new access path, a car park area, new fencing, an outdoor classroom, an outdoor shelter for its donkeys and basic feed, tools and equipment.”

Fortunately, Prologis UK have a trusted and long-standing relationship with their supply chain and turned to Bromsgrove-based Whitings Landscape to see if they could lend a hand. With their help, they were able to start preliminary work on-site a few days before Impact Day, meaning they could deliver everything the charity needed.

The goodwill of the supply chain didn’t stop there, however, and in the weeks leading-up to Impact Day more suppliers came forwards with offers of donations. The team at Concept Signs donated a new information sign for the sanctuary, Readie Construction donated a ride-on lawn tractor, Benniman Construction donated a gazebo and Winvic, CA Group, Hormann and Delta Planning donated much-needed feed, wheelbarrows, tools and animal pens.

On Impact Day, thirty employees from Prologis Solihull turned-up ready for action and spent the day creating paths, repairing fencing, building a field shelter and creating the outdoor classroom area. At the end of the day, the transformation was incredible and was testament to the fact that, when we work together, we can be a force for good in local communities.

“How do I describe this most amazing chapter for Happyfields after a week of watching such hard-working people transform our humble run-down animal sanctuary into a place of beauty,” said Christine Bowles, founder of Happyfields Animal Sanctuary. “Not only our dear residents will benefit, but our supporters and visitors too.

“We can’t begin to show our gratitude and simply saying ‘thank you’ feels vastly inadequate. Because of what you have all done for us, Happyfields Animal Sanctuary has not only received much needed practical help, but now looks welcoming and professional. This in turn means more visitors, which equals more support.”


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