Hays staff raise over £150,000 for UK children's hospices
At the end of the first year of a two-year charity partnership, Hays has raised over £150,000 for children’s hospices across the UK.
In the first year of Hays' partnership with charity Together for Short Lives, which supports children with life-threatening & life-limiting conditions, the agency's staff have run marathons and ultra-marathons, climbed to the top of Mount Snowdon in sub-zero temperatures and hiked a marathon length trek through the Peak District.
Almost all of Hays’ 100 offices nationwide have been involved in a charitable activity over the last twelve months. Throughout the year staff held charity netball and football tournaments across the country and quiz nights and local events with friends, family and customers added valuable funds to the £150,000 total.
Together for Short Lives was chosen by staff as Hays’ corporate charity partner last year. Hays set out to raise £120,000 throughout the two year partnership and has raised £150,000 in the first year alone, exceeding their original target.
Hays has re-set the two year fundraising target to £250,000 to fund 12,500 hours of vital children’s hospice care which, if met, will make the partnership with Together for Short Lives their most successful corporate charity partnership to date.
Nigel Heap, managing director of Hays UK & Ireland, said, “Beating our two-year target by the end of the first year shows how determined our employees are and how committed they are to raising funds for Together for Short Lives. We are all very proud to be supporting such a worthwhile charity and we will be working hard to hit our new target of £250,000.”
Barbara Gelb OBE, chief executive of Together for Short Lives, commented, "The first year of our partnership with Hays has been a fantastic success. To have raised over £150,000 already is an incredible achievement and we are so grateful to everyone at Hays for their commitment and enthusiasm. These essential funds are directly supporting local children’s hospice services across the UK, helping thousands of seriously ill children and their families."
Image - from left to right: Peter Ellis, Chief Executive of Richard House Children’s Hospice. Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland. Barbara Gelb OBE, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives.