Article 12 November 2021

Remember Together

Yesterday, 11 November 2021, we marked Remembrance Day with a Remember Together event, online and at our main offices. Many of our people around the business have also been busy fundraising for the Royal British Legion and taking part in acts of remembrance in their local communities.

Colleagues at offices and across many other locations came together to join a live online session led by senior managers and veterans. It featured some moving personal reflections and ended with a company-wide, two-minute, silence at 11am to remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.

  • ​​​​​​​A number of our colleagues took part in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Grand Central, Birmingham. As part of our Giving Back volunteering programme, they spent the day with the Army, Navy and Air Force to celebrate the amazing work they do, listening to the experiences of the veterans and helping to fundraise.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Husband and wife duo Matt and Sharron Hicking, both Contract Directors for our Police Services division, spent a day last week raising funds for the Poppy Appeal – a charity close to their hearts – in Manchester Arndale. As a veteran following 24 years’ service and the wife of a veteran, Matt and Sharron know first-hand the demands and impact on service life has and wanted to be able to give back knowing the sacrifices which have been made by those serving our country.​​​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Jamie Yarwood, Security Team Leader for Mitie in partnership with Sainsbury’s in Widnes, creates impressive tributes for Remembrance every year. This year he focused on remembering those who lost their lives in the last 20 years of fighting in Afghanistan. He hung 457 poppies with the name of every soldier lost in the conflict.
  • Mitie’s Kelly Eaton and Amanda Shearing, Public Relations team in HMS Collingwood, on the Central Government and Defence Hestia Contract, produced a stunning display to mark Remembrance Day. Part of the display was inspired by a sailor’s prayer and features items that would have a significance for every past or present sailor or officer. These include a white ensign to symbolise their pure intentions, and a lit candle to represent the light of hope that lives in hearts. ​​​​​​​

Thank you to everyone who’s got involved. We’re proud of you. Together we remember.