Find out what we got up to this April at 1st CENTRAL
It’s been another busy month at 1ST CENTRAL with lots going on to keep our people engaged and the fundraising contributions flowing.
Auction of promises
One of our biggest charity events of the year is Auction of Promises; essentially it’s a similar version to eBay where all the proceeds go to our charities of the year – St Peters & St James and Francis House.
We hold our auction once a year and it never fails to deliver, sparking competition amongst our people as to who is going to win the best lot.
Whenever we’re gearing up for the auction we always get closer to the local communities that we work in, we ask our people to go out and chat to local businesses to see if they are prepared to donate a lot, whether that’s a hair-cut at the local hairdressers or a week in a Spanish Villa, they all sell and all the proceeds do go to a couple of great charities.
This year we had a number of lots, just shy of 200 in total, all varying in shapes and sizes, and we’re very happy to announce that over the course of our auction we managed to raise just under £16,000 for St Peters & St James Hospice and Francis House!
Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride
We’d like to think that we’re a fairly active bunch at 1ST CENTRAL and at the beginning of April we put this to the test. We recruited 20 of our fittest employees based out of our Haywards Heath offices; gave them a 1ST CENTRAL Freewheeler jersey and let them put the pedal to the medal at the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride.
We had some impressive times on the day, despite the heat, with our Head of Customer Experience coming in the top 10! Altogether the Freewheelers raised just shy of £500.
Volunteering at Manchester Dogs Home
We make sure that we give back to our local communities which is why all 1ST CENTRAL employees get a day volunteering to use each year. Every month we have a whole host of different volunteering days our people can get involved in and this month we got in touch with Manchester Dogs Home.
We sent our happy volunteers over to spend the time helping to care for rescue dogs, whether that was taking the dogs for a stroll, cleaning out kennels, giving them food and just generally being dogs best friend for the day, and boy did they love it!
Easter is always a happy, or should we say ‘Hoppy’ time in the 1ST CENTRAL offices with the promise of lots of fun and games and, of course, plenty of chocolate.
This year we challenged our people in a battle of who can eat a chocolate egg the quickest without using their hands – it was a messy affair. We also gave away some great prizes such as an Amazon Firestick and a Hotel Chocolat Easter Hamper with our Hoppy’s Worldwide Egg-venture Easter giveaway. We even had our Senior Leaders dress up in rabbit and chicken costumes to give out cream eggs across all our sites.
April saw the end of our 1ST CENTRAL Flyers first winter season together as a team. After many of them hadn’t touched a netball in 5-10 years (if at all), the Flyers pulled off the unimaginable and won the Crawley League against some tough competition.
The girls are now upping the ante as they prepare for the Summer League where they hope to get the double!
Sussex Cricket Foundation
As a proud sponsor of Sussex County Cricket Club, we work very closely with them and their charity, the Sussex Cricket Foundation.
This month a few of our people joined them down at Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton, to encourage youth participation in Cricket and raise awareness to their new initiative, All Stars Cricket. They even had a surprise appearance from newly promoted David Stockdale, Brighton and Hove Albion Goalkeeper.
On 23rd April we put our people’s creativity to the task, it was National Superhero day after all and we wanted to see our offices filled with Superheroes! We had some awesome costumes worn, some even made up their own superheroes – top effort!
It wouldn’t be a dress up day at work if there wasn’t a team photo competition as well. We gave away a £100 Pizza Express voucher to the winning team and as usual, the results did not disappoint.
Not only was fancy dress a must, but we also put on some fun activities such as Superhero Sumo Wrestling in our chillout areas – now that was a sight to be seen!
Total raised in April: £16,369