During the past quarter, we’ve been busy raising funds for charity on top of our everyday work at Sleaford – we definitely work hard and play hard!
Our company charity St Barnabas Hospice are an independent charity which supports more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire affected by a life-limiting or terminal condition; delivering free, high quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to patients, their families and carers.
In aid of this well deserving cause, we put our fund raising skates on with some great success:
We had an Easter Knitted Sale, where we sold knitted ducks and chickens (all with a Creme Egg surprise inside!) and other knitted items. All the items were sold (and every Creme Egg eaten!) helping us to raise £150.
Laura Creedon (Sales) ran the Boston half marathon on 14th April and raised a fantastic £430; and Julie Simpson (Technical) raised £266.50 for running the City of Lincoln 10k on 7th April – congratulations to both ladies on a fantastic achievement!
Neal Mapletoft (Contracts and Pricing) raised £43 by organising a football competition and we raised £225.65 by having a pasta sale for all our colleagues.
Every little bit helps, and our company total for St Barnabas for the year to date is a whopping £1,115.15, which is absolutely amazing!
We’ve also been busy raising money for other charities too:
London Vitality 10k (27th May) – Laura Griffin (Innovation) ran the Vitality 10k in London on the May Bank Holiday in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support right from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer’, and the Teenage Cancer Trust are the only charity dedicated to making this happen. Laura raised in total £332.50 – and has signed up to do it all over again in 2020!
Refugee Ration Challenge (June) – Tracey Siddy and Laura Griffin (Innovation) took part in the Refugee Ration Challenge during June to raise awareness and funds for Syrian refugees in need. So what did we eat? Just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. That’s it! No coffee, no sugar, no alcohol. We were able to raise enough money to have salt, a couple of teabags, and a whole tin of tinned tomatoes during our ration days – and in total we raised £413.40! That could pay for over 30 school kits for refugee children, medical visits for over 75 refugees, or food for three refugees for an entire year!
Alzheimer’s Cup Cake Sale (14th June) – We took on the challenge of cakes on Friday for a very special cause, the Alzheimer’s Society. In the average time it takes to bake a batch of cakes, six people in the UK will develop dementia – with dementia now being the leading cause of death in England and Wales, overtaking both cancer and heart disease. On the day we raised a fantastic £81.80, and enjoyed a array of amazing cake ahead of the weekend!
Overall, our charitable efforts have raised £1,942.85 for our chosen charities – well done to everyone involved and special thanks to Lindsay Slater for her continued hard work and dedication at organising charity drives within the business.