Liz Lean PR (LLPR) has marked its 20th year in business by challenging itself to complete 20 acts of kindness throughout 2018, an initiative which has seen staff support worthy causes.

As well as holding a celebration for staff, clients and friends last month at St Giles House in Wimborne, the Sandbanks-based public relations and marketing communications agency asked staff to nominate people, causes and charities that would benefit from a helping hand.

Liz Willingham, managing director at Liz Lean PR, says: “As well as a very big event to celebrate our anniversary and all those who have helped us throughout the years, we wanted to give back to the community that’s been so supportive of us. Earlier in the year we identified organisations, campaigns, events and individuals whose causes align with our company’s values.

“Through our 20 acts of kindness we have given financial support, as well as our time and resources, to raise awareness of important issues and help the community.”

LLPR’s beachside location has aided its decision to support waste pollution initiatives such as the Sandbanks beach and Poole BID litter picking events, as well as investing in reusable water bottles for more than 200 of the agency’s clients and friends, in conjunction with World Environment Day.

LLPR’s 14 staff has personally donated food  to the homeless, as well as old bedding and towels which were given to Waggy Tails Dog Rescue to keep the animals warm during the winter. They also grew sunflowers outside the office to encourage wildlife to flourish and donated old newspapers to the Margaret Green Animal Rescue to use as bedding for its rescued rabbits, ferrets and hedgehogs.

The agency also financially supported a series of charity events as well as using its skills and services to host a series of complimentary ‘ask the expert’ sessions for local businesses, among other things.

Liz adds: “We’re delighted to reach our 20th birthday as this is testament to our success. Since 1998, we have worked with clients in a variety of industry sectors, on both a national and regional scale, and have successfully supported more than 160 firms with public relations, public affairs, strategic planning, marketing, crisis management, social media, corporate social responsibility projects and event management projects.”