Charity news 10.07.18
Macildowie has brought its annual fundraising efforts to a close, raising over £7,000 for charities in the region.
Macildowie handed over an equal share of the total raised, which exceeded £7,100, to the Loughborough children’s hospice Rainbows, the Melton Mowbray-based Matt Hampson Foundation, which supports young people injured through sport, and mental health charity Mind (Derbyshire).
Fundraising activities throughout the year consisted of sponsored runs, including Nottingham Half Marathon, dress up days, and a summer BBQ, where prizes, such as a week in a private villa in Spain, a spa day and access to a top of the range Mercedes for a weekend, were donated by Macildowie staff.
James Taylor, managing director of Macildowie, said, “It is always one of my favourite days of the year when we hand over the cheques to our chosen charities. We’re delighted to support the outstanding work of Rainbows, the Matt Hampson Foundation and Mind Derbyshire.
“Our staff all really enjoy organising and taking part in our charity work and we are looking forward to raising even more money over the course of the next year.”
Work has already started on raising funds for three new charities chosen by employees in Macildowie’s offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Milton Keynes. These include the Alzheimer’s Society, Loros Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill adults and their families in Leicestershire, and the Willen Hospice, which offers specialist end-of-life care in Milton Keynes.
Fundraising efforts have kicked off with a cake sale and staff based in Leicester recently took part in the Rothley 10k run.
Employees from PMP Recruitment, part of Cordant Group, basked in glorious sunshine as they raised in excess of £25,000 for two worthy charities at an action-packed family fun day in Stoke-on-Trent. Company employees, clients and suppliers tackled an inflatable assault course and a rodeo bull last Saturday (23rdJune) as the funds poured in for Cancer Research and Unseen.
A team event on the inflatable assault course, which was modelled on the famous gameshow It’s a Knockout, was won by the ‘Bonnie Scots’. Fundraisers also enjoyed a sizzling BBQ, carnival games, a photobooth and a bouncy castle, whilst PMP’s Regional Director Wayne Shaw was gunged by enthusiastic colleagues.
Meanwhile, participants got their hands on a range of fantastic raffle prizes donated by organisations including: XPO Logistics, Indeed, Ocado, Kinnerton, Tesco, House of Fraser, Tangerine Confectionary, Modershall Oaks, Ideal Shopping, Mainman Supplies, The Hand & Flowers, Scope HR Solutions, Redwood Booking Agent, Abstract Recruitment, Corinthian Sports, KG Personnel, as well as other businesses across Cordant Group.
Jamie Reynolds, managing director at PMP Recruitment, said, “It was fantastic to invite our employees, clients and their families to Stoke-on-Trent to take part in this amazing day. We have raised a significant amount of money for two incredible charities, including valuable donations from those who couldn't attend but took part in our golden ticket draw and silent auction. A huge thanks to everybody that contributed to a very special event – we have been amazed by people’s generosity.”
On Wednesday 20th June, managing director of Athona Recruitment, Stewart London, alongside nursing operations director, Paul Springall, and education sales director Education, Terry Irish-Jones, took on the Longest Golf Day challenge to raise funds for Athona’s charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Society.
Starting at 4.30am the challenge saw them take on four rounds of 18 hole golf – 25 miles and over 50,000 steps walked in just under 16 hours. The challenge raised £1,645 for Alzheimer’s Society.
Irish-Jones said, “We had a fantastic day raising funds for a very worthy cause and hope the money we’ve raised helps fund more research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of dementia. The challenge itself was not to be underestimated, starting as thoroughly enjoyable to becoming quite the battle in the final rounds – we’re proud to have completed the challenge in between all of the lost balls, mosquito bites and pulled muscles! A special thanks to Romford Golf Club who were fantastic hosts throughout the day.”
The fundraising didn’t end there as fellow employees, friends and family congregated at Romford Golf Club to take part in an annual charity quiz night. Thanks to generous raffle prize donations from local businesses and ticket sales, an additional £1,028.89 was raised – taking our total raised in one day alone to more than £2,600.
Colleagues from Pure spent the day [Thursday 28th June] volunteering at Inspire Suffolk, working together to help the charity which supports young people by painting two large and unsightly storage containers.
Each year, Pure’s Ipswich office dedicates a day to volunteering with a local community initiative, splitting colleagues into two teams to take on a morning and afternoon session each. Inspire Suffolk supports young people across Suffolk and North Essex to overcome challenges that they are facing onto a positive future in employment or further training through their numerous personal development programmes and activities. The charity was nominated by a Pure colleague to benefit from the volunteering day and the team got in touch to see how they could support them.
One of the many ways Inspire Suffolk supports young people is by offering everyone the chance to play sport, helping to build confidence, social skills and self-esteem including many free to access activities. The charity has indoor sports areas and sports pitches at its base in Ipswich and had been donated two shipping containers to store the sports equipment used. While the containers were extremely useful, they looked shabby. This made the sports fields a less inspiring place for the children, and for the local people and businesses that hire out the venue with all profits supporting the charity and their work.
The Pure team took on the challenge of sprucing up the two containers using paint donated by Brewers Decorator Centre and Rust-Oleum.
Paul Sheldrake, senior manager at Pure’s Ipswich office, said, “It was really rewarding to work together and to make the containers look so much better. What may seem like a small thing will make a big difference. Not only will it aesthetically improve the space for the children and young people supported by the charity, it will make Inspire Suffolk’s venues more attractive to hire out. This will help to raise more funds for this fantastic charity, so it can continue delivering its amazing work and support.”
Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, added, “We cannot explain how important people donating their time to us is! We’d like to thank all the staff from Pure who volunteered for the project in the heat and made such a difference. We look forward to continuing our work with Pure and Inspire Suffolk in the future. We’d also like to thank Brewers Decorators and Rust-Oleum for the very generous donation of the paint for the project.”
ea Change Group
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, ea Change Group and the ea Foundation have committed to raise £20,000 for charity in 2018. Four charities have been selected from across the UK; chosen for the positive impact and support they provide to local communities. These are; Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Brace – Alzheimer’s Research, Leeds Children’s Charity, and HopScotch Children’s Charity.
In the first of their initiatives for the year, ea Change Group’s deputy managing director, Daniel Sutherland, and regional director, James McNicol, took on Africa’s tallest peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro. The pair started the climb on Friday 15th June and successfully reached the summit after a grueling ascent on the morning of Thursday 21st June.
Sutherland commented, “It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip; we went with great people from three of our client organisations and the experience is one I will never forget. The support and generosity we were shown in the lead up to the climb were beyond our expectations and certainly provided the motivation we needed to make the final ascent.”
The ea Foundation was launched in 1998 with the mission to raise funds for charities that provide invaluable support to local communities. Jon Murphy, trustee of the ea Foundation, said, “The ea Foundation was created as a platform to support the local communities in which we operate. Initially focused solely within South West London, we are now proud to have expanded our funding to charities UK-wide; with specific focus on G.O.S.H. in London, Brace in Bristol, Leeds Children’s Charity, and HopScotch Children’s Charity in Edinburgh”.
This is the first of a number of initiatives ea Change Group has planned for 2018, with each of the offices around the UK (Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, and Twickenham) committed to taking part in a number of charity drives with the goal of raising £20,000 by the end of the year.
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