Charity news 21.02.19
Encore Personnel has raised £18,000 for three children’s charities.
Every year, staff from Encore’s nine offices nominate charities to support, which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. Last year, the team chose three children’s charities - The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People).
A year of fundraising has seen Encore climb, cycle and bake their way to raise the much-needed funds. During the summer, 17 employees raised £9,000 by taking on the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis which stands at a 1,345m above sea level, while others rallied together to hold regular dress down days, cake sales and sporting sweepstakes across each of the offices.
The monies raised will now be shared amongst the three charities, helping to support children and young people in different ways – The Sick Children’s Trust provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation supporting families with seriously ill children hospital, keeping them just minutes from their sick child’s hospital bedside. Cardiac Risk in the Young work to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) and CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.
Chris Hockey, director at Encore Personnel, said, “From fancy dress to reaching new heights, our staff have been dedicated and determined over the past 12 months to raise a substantial sum of money for these three vital charities.
“We saw more staff than ever before get involved and we also had a selected charity champion in each one of our nine offices in charge of organising exciting regional events. It is brilliant to see that all their hard work paid off.”
Claire Herrick, fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, added, “We are so appreciative of the support from the whole team at Encore Personnel. Their fundraising will make a massive difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer and their families. We know that cancer costs - hospital parking, food, and additional travel soon adds up. £6,000 could pay for CLIC Sargent grants for over 35 families to help stop cancer costs spiralling.”
Charlotte Webster, corporate partnerships manager at The Sick Children’s Trust, commented, “The amount raised will make a big difference to many families with sick children in hospitals around the UK. It costs The Sick Children’s Trust £30 to provide a family with warm, comfortable family accommodation for one night in a ‘Homes from Home’, making it possible for families to stay close to their sick child in hospital. The amount raised by Encore Personnel will provide over 200 nights of accommodation and with the average stay at one of our houses being 12 nights, Encore’s fundraising efforts will have an impact on around 17 families with seriously ill children in hospital.”
Investigo has partnered with children’s charity, Panathlon, which could help raise up to £100,000 to benefit young people with disabilities and special needs.
Investigo is running a campaign, ‘The Big Investigo Give’, which gives every individual within their organisation a fundraising target, as well as time off to take part in charity work and other volunteering opportunities. The company is aiming to raise £100,000 for charity over the course of 2019, with a substantial amount going towards Panathlon, their chosen ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2019.
The target is set to be achieved through an array of fundraising events and opportunities, such as quizzes, music gigs and international cycle ride challenges, which will all help Panathlon expand their reach and will mean more disabled young people benefit from their range of sporting activities.
Looking to give their time, as well as fundraising, the first volunteering opportunity will be on 5th March when Investigo staff, who will receive training to be sports officials, will assist in organising the Panathlon South London Multi-Sport competition at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
Lisa Holberton, head of marketing for Investigo, said, “Investigo are proud to be supporting The Panathlon Foundation as our charity partner for 2019. Each year we look for a small charity that we can build a special bond with and really make a difference to. We saw something really special in Panathlon and loved the positive message that with a few small adjustments, everyone can be included. The charity works tirelessly to bring sporting opportunities to children all over the country and we are excited to see how the money we raise helps to extend their reach even further.”
Liz Johnson, Paralympic gold medallist and Panathlon Ambassador, added, “This is wonderful news! Investigo really are proactive in championing an inclusive workforce and community. Their support for Panathlon this year will prove to be the perfect partnership as it will enable many more young people with disabilities and additional needs to experience and enjoy the immense benefits of competitive sport which they are so often otherwise denied, whilst providing the Investigo workforce with an opportunity to interact and widen their experiences within this field.”
Investigo have already started their fundraising activities and you can keep track of their fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/investigo-panathlon
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