As a large business, it’s important for us to play a positive role in the community through charitable giving and sponsorship.
Fundraising provides a focus for fun and engaging activities, many of which provide additional positive benefits including improved employee morale and collaboration.
In Haywards Heath, St Peter & St James Hospice is our chosen charity, which provides care for terminally ill patients in the Mid Sussex area.
At the start of 2015, we set ourselves an ambitious target of raising £40,000 for the hospice. However, by the end of the year, thanks to the collaborative efforts of our employees, we had exceeded our target, raising an incredible £50,000 for the charity.
In Manchester, our charity of the year is Francis House, which provides care to families with children who have been diagnosed with a life threatening or life limiting illness.
We take part in lots of fun fundraising activities to raise money for our charities and this money is matched by the business.
We currently have a number of local sponsorships in place.
They include sponsorship of Haywards Heath station and the annual event, The Greater Haywards Heath Bike ride, which last year attracted nearly 1,000 cyclists.
We also have a volunteering programme, which provides all employees with one day off a year to support a charitable initiative.