On Wednesday 11th July, Berry celebrated it’s 7th birthday with a street party for staff and an £18,000 donation to a wonderful local family that needed a little help.
Berry Telecom was created in 2011 by Paul Hallam and Simon Langford after separate careers within other telecoms companies. Feeling disillusioned with their former employer’s lack of focus on staff morale, customer service and a general indifference to any corporate social responsibility they decided to take matters into their own hands and try it themselves.
Finance Director Jo-Anne Udy joined the pair shortly after and their Technical Manager Andrew Legg, now Technical Director have both seen this organisation go from strength to strength. Berry is based in Old Sarum, Salisbury with a second office in Southampton and employs almost 80 people. Berry has won Best Social Media Campaign of the Year 2018 and Best Place to Work 2017, Best Sales Team of the Year 2016 & 2015. It is currently rated 5 star on TrustPilot.
Over the years Berry has supported many worthwhile charities, but in 2018 Berry wanted to get behind a cause it could be closer connected to. This cause is a little girl called JJ Morris-Eales who at the age of two became unwell and was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she stayed for a few weeks in an induced coma, upon waking her from her induced state, she was a forever changed little girl. The seizure had left her with brain atrophy along with other complications and this has meant that she is no longer able to sit unaided, walk or talk like she used to.
Berry believed it could drive an initiative that would enable this family to adapt their home making day-to-day life that little bit easier. The family would like to add an additional bedroom and install a lift so that as JJ grows her family can get her to bed upstairs with the rest of the family safely.Under the pretence of joining Berry on it’s 7th Birthday, the Morris-Eales family were invited to come to the Salisbury office and meet the team. Just before Berry cut it’s 7th birthday cake, the family were surprised with a cheque for £18,000 in front of a very tearful crowd.
Berry Co-owner Simon Langford said:
“JJ’s story really touched the heart of all of the staff at Berry. We initially thought we could raise about £8,000, but when their story spread through the business fund raising really took off and eventually we reached £18,000. This is a huge testament to the staff at Berry who have proved time and time again then when you put your mind to something, amazing things happen. I’m just so proud of them.”
JJ’s mum Marie Morris-Eales was speechless at the event, but later on Facebook said:
“Ohhhhhh Berry Telecom what can I say, for once in my life I am overawed and speechless! Good things don’t usually happen to people like us and I am so humbled and overwhelmed with emotions! Not only have you raised a considerable life changing amount, you guys surprised us and looked after us at your 7years in business party!
Every single person that works for you came up and said hello and had a chat, you have a very good working ethos and lovely team! I’m still in shock and can’t believe it! Love you all JJ, Marie, Ben, Sophie, Phoebe, Mia and Isabel xxx.”