SWIFT GROUP Managing Director, James Turner, and some of the Swift team celebrate the company’s latest Macmillan donation.

Macmillan Cancer Support was grateful to receive £30,000 from the Hull-based Swift Group recently. Since 1995, Swift Group has donated to Macmillan through a recycling of goods scheme, whereby damaged or unsellable items are purchased by staff members, with monies coming to charity.

The company has also previously donated to Macmillan by hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings and ‘dress down’ days. An outstanding £100,000 has been donated in total over the past 27 years. The UK’s largest manufacturer of caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes, as part of the fundraising, eco-friendly scheme, Swift employees have the chance to purchase any kind of redundant or surplus materials from offcuts of wood to slightly imperfect items, like a scratched microwave.

Swift’s Content Marketing Manager, Cheryl Whiten explained: “Pretty much everyone is affected directly or indirectly by someone living with cancer, so everyone here at Team Swift understands the importance and meaning behind this scheme.” Swift’s Managing Director, James Turner added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to support Macmillan’s incredible work.”

Cotswolds Holiday Park Expands Leisure Facilities

Cotswolds Holiday Park Expands Leisure Facilities

The new social complex at Leedons Holiday Park offers visitors and residents additional recreational facilities.

Caravan park operator Allens Caravans has recently invested in a new state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool and social complex at Leedons Holiday Park in the Cotswolds.
Disused buildings on the holiday park site were demolished to make way for the new facility, which includes a 15m x 6m indoor swimming pool and changing rooms, a large social hall area and a hair studio.
The project was carried out by Derbyshire based pool and commercial building specialists Pinelog, who proposed a contemporary yet practical design of a timber frame building that folds into the landscape. The almost symmetrical, low profile structure, has two main wings housing the swimming pool and hall with separate mono-pitched roofs over the wings and central part of the building.
Pinelog also applied a number of sustainable design and energy efficient features to the leisure centre. In addition to the timber frame and larch cladding being constructed from sustainably produced materials, the building also includes solar roof panels, natural ventilation, extensive use of natural light, heat recovery from the extract ventilation, low energy lighting and recycling the swimming pool water.


The Waveney River Centre in Beccles, Norfolk, is one of 600 holiday parks to be recognised by Professor David Bellamy’s Conservation Awards.


Some 600 holiday parks in the UK have been recognised by world-famous botanist David Bellamy in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the scheme champions green tourism in Britain and celebrates holiday parks that go the extra mile to protect and nurture the natural environment.

“Many of these parks have created incredible wildlife wonderlands for holidaymakers to explore, and which are especially important for teaching youngsters about conservation,” said Professor Bellamy.

The parks that take part in the scheme are regularly assessed by a team of wildlife experts, focusing specifically on land management, recycling, energy resources and involvement with the local community. Three levels of excellence can be achieved: gold, silver and bronze.

“I’ve been amazed at some of the initiatives I’ve found as I’ve travelled around the country, and these awards give parks the credit they deserve for putting sustainability high up on their business agendas,” added Bellamy.

Holiday parks that improve their carbon footprint are in a win, win situation. Sites that focus on reducing energy consumption not only help the environment but also reduce their costs in the form of lower energy bills. Companies that emphasise the fact that they are attempting to be environmentally friendly can gain the favour of like-minded consumers.

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