Monday, 2 May 2011

Cambridge Water becomes first CambridgePPF corporate supporter

Campaigning and conservation charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) has launched a Corporate Membership Programme and recruited Cambridge Water as one of its founding business supporters.

The water company is publicly backing the charity in its endeavours to keep Cambridge special by positively influencing planning developments and managing the green spaces and landmark buildings in its care.

The launch of CambridgePPF’s Corporate Membership Programme is the charity’s first major step in galvanising support from the local business community. The scheme mirrors CambridgePPF’s existing individual, family and lifetime membership packages and is designed to generate income and recruit volunteers to bolster its work at treasured public amenities in and around the city, which are costly to preserve: Wandlebury Country Park, the 110 acre site at the top of the Gog Magog Hills, is a much-loved rural retreat but costs £2,800 per week to maintain.

Becoming a CambridgePPF corporate member offers a range of benefits. It gives local companies a clear way to demonstrate their environmental credentials and undertake Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work that can make a real difference to the future fabric of the city. It also opens up opportunities for participation in employee volunteering initiatives, environmental education programmes and bespoke conservation team building sessions.

Stephen Kay, managing director at Cambridge Water said: “For more than 150 years we have been supplying high quality drinking water to homes and businesses in and around Cambridge. In that time we’ve supported numerous charities and community initiatives that make a positive contribution to ensuring the area we supply develops in a sustainable way. Becoming a corporate supporter of CambridgePPF was a natural choice. The charity’s environmental work and involvement in local planning issues has many synergies with our own values and interests. We look forward to getting to know the team at CambridgePPF over the months ahead and exploring how best to work together.”

Nigel Brown OBE, President of CambridgePPF, said: “We are delighted that Cambridge Water has become one of our first commercial supporters and hope their endorsement of our work will inspire other businesses to follow suit. Every company based in Cambridge has a vested interest in keeping the city special. With a strong private sector, high levels of entrepreneurship and a large share of knowledge-based jobs, Cambridge has weathered the downturn far better than other centres in the UK. In part this is also because it is such an attractive place in which to live, work and do business.”

“With further growth forecast and numerous settlements planned to house forthcoming generations of workers, it is imperative that planned residential and commercial developments do not detract from the unique character of our world famous city. Our corporate membership gives local companies the chance to contribute to the future of Cambridge. Through financial donations, salary sacrifice schemes and volunteer programmes they can help maintain the green spaces and historic buildings under CambridgePPF’s management and voice their opinions on important local issues that will govern how Cambridge looks for centuries to come.”

CambridgePPF is offering local companies a range of different membership options, depending on the scale of financial support they feel able to offer. Businesses wanting to know more about the CambridgePPF Corporate Membership Programme and the full range of member benefits on offer should contact: Mary Nealon, Head of Development, CambridgePPF E: / T: 01223-243830 x 204.

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About Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF)
Founded as Cambridge Preservation Society in 1928, CambridgePPF is a registered charity campaigning to keep Cambridge and its surroundings special by positively influencing planning developments, delivering environmental education and managing the green spaces and historic buildings in its care. Its diverse property portfolio includes Wandlebury Country Park and its Iron Age Ring; Coton Countryside Reserve; Barnwell Leper Chapel; Bourn Windmill plus various wildlife sites and historic buildings. Key achievements include protecting sites such as Grantchester Meadows, the Gog Magog Hills and Wandlebury Estate from development and helping to establish the Cambridge Green Belt in the 1960s. CambridgePPF has a growing membership, which makes a vital contribution to the cost of conserving, managing and developing its sites. With its HQ at Wandlebury, CambridgePPF has a mix of busy full and part-time staff and is run by a Board of Trustees together with Advisory Committees staffed by dedicated volunteers. For more information about CambridgePPF and benefits of membership:

About Cambridge Water Company
Cambridge Water supplies high quality drinking water to a population of 300,000 and covers an area of 453 square miles. This includes Cambridge and extends to Ramsey in the north, Gamlingay in the west, Balsham in the east and Melbourn in the south. Our customers currently enjoy the second lowest water bills in England and Wales, despite living in one of the driest and fastest-growing areas of the UK.
For more details visit our website at or contact our customer services team on 01223 706050.

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