Community

Committed to improving local communities across Wales

We are committed to conducting all our business in an ethical and socially responsible manner. As a Welsh employer we recognise that the majority of our business is drawn from the communities in which we operate and our dedicated staff work hard to ‘give back’.

Our Community

Our Social Committee proactively encourages staff to take part in all sorts of fundraising events. Over recent years we have run marathons, baked cakes, climbed mountains from Kilimanjaro to Pen Y Fan, and cycled around Wales to raise money for local charities including Wales Air Ambulance, Tenovus, Ty Hafan and Cancer Support.

We have also supported the Sherman Theatre’s Peter Pan appeal enabling children across South Wales to attend the annual Christmas pantomime.

LATCH Our Chosen Charity

We support LATCH, the Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity

LATCH is a fantastic charity supporting the children receiving treatment for cancer at the Children’s Hospital for Wales. The catchment area stretches from Chepstow in the South to Aberystwyth in the North. This charity also supports their families by providing on-site family accommodation at the Children’s Hospital whilst the child receives their treatment. They provide a social work service, financial support through grants, emotional support for parents and siblings, benefits advice and free car parking permits and passes to the hospital sports centre. The charity also works tirelessly to keep the children’s spirits up by arranging day trips, children’s entertainers and frequently stocked toys.

The money we raise is put to good use in purchasing Christmas presents, Play Stations and iPads for the LATCH wing.

You can find out more about LATCH by visiting www.latchwales.org

Events

  • Treasure Hunt 9 June 2016

    • With all proceeds going to LATCH, our brave surveyors divide into teams and are air-dropped into the remote wilds of Penarth. Only by following a trail of clues via a series of ale-houses can they get out alive. Pride and admiration for the winners; losers all walk the plank...

  • Ten Y Fan 16/17 July 2016

    • Ten climbs; 24 hours; 1 cause! Our intrepid surveyors climbed Pen y Fan ten times as part of a relay team in thick fog, heavy drizzle and cold winds - even though it was July and two days before a mini heatwave! To-date around £470 has been raised on our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hazel-Davies6

  • Cardiff Bake Sale Summer 2016

    • This summer we intend to replicate last year's bake sale success. We are hoping to see everyone here Cooke up a storm, and bring in pastries and cakes for sale to all passers-by. Watch this space!

Past Events

  • Annual Quiz Night 17 March 2016

    • Our annual quiz night was held at the Red Fox in Penlline and was well attended by staff and their families with our raffle raising a grand total of £310 for LATCH. Favourite questions included:

      • The 'Town or Frown' category: which of these are real place names? Scratchy Bottom, Brokenwind, Scrawny, Nurdling by the Sea

      • In which former Welsh mining town are Pot Noodles manufactured?

      • A cocktail made from Guinness and champagne is otherwise known as what?

    • Answers on a stamped, addressed envelope please!

  • Christmas Party 23 December 2015

    • Amidst all the celebrations at the Cooke & Arkwright Christmas party, we found time for a game of 'Heads and Tails' with Huw Thomas our worthy winner and with 40% of the money raised going to LATCH.

  • Christmas Jumper Day 17 December 2015

    • A 'festive fashion' day where the staff donned their finest Christmas jumper, with added reindeer antlers and tinsel. Everyone got into the spirit with all £137 proceeds going to LATCH.

  • Cardiff Half Marathon 4th October 2015:

    • Rod Perons, our Director of Land Agency, took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for LATCH.

  • Velothon Wales 15 June 2015

    • On Sunday 15 June Ed Meyer raised over £700 for LATCH when he took to the road with 15,000 riders from across Europe in the inaugural Velothon road race and biggest cycling event in Wales. The route took in Newport, Caerleon, Usk, Blaenavon, Pontypool and Ystrad Mynach, including Caerphilly and Tumble mountains.  "The event was superb," said Ed, "never before have I raced a closed road event - the feeling of riding on roads without traffic and with the support of the crowds lining the route transpired to make me feel like a pro! One of the best day's riding I've had. Thanks to everyone for giving so generously, both myself and LATCH are extremely grateful."

  • "Wear Red for Ed" Day - Thursday 4 June 2015

    • We held a charity day on Thursday 4th June where our staff paid to wear various items of red clothing in support of Ed Meyer's charity bike ride to raise money for Latch Wales.

  • Cooke & Arkwright Annual Quiz Night – March 26th 2015

    • Our annual charity quiz night was held at the Red Lion in Pendoylan and was well attended by staff and their partners with our raffle raising a grand total of £200 for our charity of the year.

LATCH cheque presentation

In the past year we have raised £1,072.94 and counting for LATCH. We are all very proud of our achievement and are planning a 'big cheque' presentation in the next few months.