All our values extend beyond the day to day work of the company and we are proud of our commitment to fundraising and the work spearheaded by the Values Team. In 2016 we established a formal charity work stream to raise funds and build community throughout the business. One charity is selected via a company-wide vote as a dedicated charity for the year. In 2016, our first charity was the mental health support charity collaboration; Mind Rethink. In 2017 we voted to support The Alzheimer’s Society.
Even though we work and live across the country, we all fundraise throughout the entire year through events organised at company-wide meetings, and individual initiatives. At the 2016 Christmas party we had a ‘promise’ raffle, offering acts or services as promise gifts. These drew on individual talents and skills including personal training, physiotherapy, knitted hats, and even a pub crawl of Brighton! This event alone raised over £500. Other events have included a cupcake competition, fantasy football, cheese and wine evening and taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society memory walks.
We are aware that people have other causes dear to their heart that they may fundraise for throughout the year. In 2017 the Values Team started the charity calendar which is an online space where everyone can add their own fundraising events. The company are called on to support their colleagues through kind words and a donation to our charity JustGiving page. This year individual events have included 5K runs for charities such as Cancer Research and even a bike ride from Newcastle to Edinburgh (200 miles in three days).