Being socially responsible for our communities

SmithsonHill keenly supports local community initiatives and both Russell Smith Farms and Hill have been heavily involved in activities to support schools, sports charities and other initiatives locally for decades.

We live locally, work locally and contribute in different ways to the communities around us. Each member of our team is encouraged to seek ways of becoming involved with the local communities in which they work.

Here are some of the areas in which we have made a contribution.

Our work with local charities

SmithsonHill regularly supports local charities, including taking part in a Wintercomfort Christmas Hamper campaign; providing a hamper of locally sourced products to Arthur Rank Hospice; sponsored Swim the Cam 17, an event organised to raise funds to go towards Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub’s crowdfunding initiative and supported the Whittlesford Millennium Group’s Safari Supper initiative, which has raised over $40,000 for local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Russell Smith Farms regularly use their barns for charity functions and Hill has supported various events for Power2Inspire charity, including triathlon and golf days, and has founded Hill Group Foundation 200 a charity to provide hundreds of homes for people who have found themselves homeless. Hill also had a Christmas appeal for 20 homeless charities in locations where Hill works. Russell Smith Farms support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

Our sporting passion

SmithsonHill is very proud to have supported Sawston Rubgy Club during its 40th season (2017 – 2018). The club has a rich heritage of promoting and supporting ‘social’ rugby, where players of all abilities and ages are welcome. Something we think is worth celebrating.

SmithsonHill also supported Sawston Football through kitbag sponsorship.

Andy Hill is an avid supporter of sports and has had a significant involvement with local teams all his life. Currently Hill is lead sponsor at Histon Football Club and Cambridge Rugby Club, Cambridge United Football Club. They also supported the Cambridge Big Weekend rugby event and the 2018 Varsity Matches.

Our educational support

Inspiring future generations is important to SmithsonHill. Through our partnership we are proud to be able to show our support to a variety of schools and activities. Russell Smith Farms hosts many visitor groups including local schools, special needs and care homes.

  • Barkway School
  • Barrington Primary
  • Castle School
  • Chrishall School
  • Duxford School and playgroup
  • Fowlmere School
  • Foxton Primary School
  • Granta School, Linton
  • Harston Playgroup
  • Hills Road Sixth Form Cambridge
  • Thriplow Playgroup and School
  • Lavenham Cubs
  • Meldreth Manor
  • Millcroft Care Home
  • Orchard Manor, Meldreth
  • St Christopher’s, Letchworth
  • Whittlesford Cubs
  • Writtle College
  • Russell Smith Farms educational support also extends to several agricultural colleges and universities including University of Wales, Aberystwyth University and University of Herts.

Hill supports many schools with donations to school fetes and PTA initiatives, including but not limited to: Great and Little Shelford Primary School; Stapleford Community Primary School; Babraham CofE Primary School and Petersfield Primary School.

Hill is committed to developing the construction managers of the future and working in partnership with K-10, delivers trade apprenticeships across a number of developments in the region.

Hill also sponsor the rugby and hockey teams at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Other community support

The list of events and activities supported by Russell Smith Farms and Hill doesn’t stop with charities, sports and schools.

  • SmithsonHill are corporate members of the Cambridge Cycle Campaign
  • SmithsonHill have sponsored the Heathfest since its inception, while Russell Smith Farms are the proud hosts
  • The Russell Smith Barns host regular church events and general village events
  • Hill support both the Pride in Cambridge Community Awards and the South Cambridgeshire Community Pride and Village Hero Awards
  • Robert Smith is Church Warden at Elmdon
  • Hill support various activities in Shelford including the Shelford Garden Club Annual Show and Great Shelford Festival of Wheels
  • Robert Smith has been a committee member for Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust for 30 years
  • Stapleford is another village supported by Hill including their Village Sign and Stapleford Community Archeology donation
  • Open Farm Sunday is Russell Smith Farms big local event attracting 2-3K visitors each year
  • Hill also provide inspiration on our daily routes to work with roundabout sponsorship at Hinsby Island and on Newmarket Road

We plan our community support both annually and on an ad hoc basis so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have an initiative you would like us to consider supporting.

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