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Christmas cracker for charities

Posted on 19 December 2016 04:03 PM by Nixon1C

Christmas is a time of giving and I’m delighted to announce our employees raised over £34,000 this year for causes close to their hearts.

Today I’ve been in Sussex where we’re sporting festive jumpers and running a bake sale to support the great work of the local hospice.

It’s one of countless fundraising events this year (pictured), including bake sales, dress-down days, sponsored head shaves, car washes and quizzes.

Most of the money went to four charities chosen by our 6,000 employees. They are Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.

Twenty-four of our staff rowed eight miles from Chelsea to Greenwich in June and raised over £8,000 in aid of the AHOY Centre, a charity which helps disadvantaged young people, people with disabilities and at risk youths.

A company-wide event for Macmillan Cancer Support in September saw some of our sites hosting Great British Bake-off-style events, cake and bacon butty sales.

Twenty-nine colleagues took part in the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace Bike Ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle in October. Their phenomenal pedal power raised over £4,300 for vital work at the Prince’s Trust.

We donated £8,700 to charities supported by our employees this year as part of a match-funding initiative. Staff chose the charities and we matched the money they raised up to £100.

We all enjoy two days paid leave annually to volunteer or fund raise in our local communities. As such our employees have recorded over 1,600 hours of volunteering in their local communities this year and that figure is set to rise further.

Through our Team Sport Award we have donated £15,500 to sports clubs and organisations connected to our staff in 2016. That scheme was set up to encourage staff to volunteer in the community, promote teamwork and sporting opportunities for all.

And who could forget the work of our very own Dominic Warren, an engineer from Hastings or Fred Wheatland, a substation inspector from Burgess Hill? Dominic was so driven he set up his own charity, Dom’s Food Mission, to help people living in food poverty and now spends much of his free time collecting surplus, unsold food from local supermarkets to distribute to families. He is an example to all of us of what someone with a big heart, clever ideas and steely determination can achieve. Likewise, Fred has been collecting for the Royal British Legion annual Poppy Appeal for an astounding 40 years!

After another successful year we look forward to working on more charity initiatives in 2017.

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