Caring For Our Communities
We currently undertake a wide range of activity, collectively and individually, across all our offices:
- Have a nominated Charity of the Year for each office
- Make regular charitable donations
- Have staff who sit on charitable boards
- Offer work experience placements
- Raise money through a number of events such as dress down day, local sporting events, local charity events and charity raffles.
The Exeter office staff chose Hospiscare as its Charity for 2017. Activities included the Three Peaks Challenge, mufti days, cake sales, and many more events, raising an amazing £5903.80. Additional fundraising was undertaken for Comic Relief, Macmillan and Children in Need making a total of £6398.68.
Exeter’s nominated charity for 2018 is the cancer charity, Force who fund local research, give support and information and buy equipment to improve patient care. Forthcoming events will include the Nello Bike ride, Cream tea for cancer (buy a cream tea and have the charity deliver it) and many more planned throughout the year.
New Forest, Poole and Salisbury
In 2017 the Poole office continued to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and raised a total of £6076.06 for the charity. This year, Poole has chosen to raise funds for two local charities – Chestnut Nursery which provides meaningful work in a supportive and pressure-free environment, for adults with enduring mental illness and Dorset Mind a mental health charity that has been supporting local people with mental health difficulties since 1946.
During 2017 the New Forest office supported Oakhaven Hospice which provides specialist palliative care and support to those facing life-limiting illness and their loved ones in both a home and hospice setting. The team took part in the New Forest Marathon to raise funds for the charity and in 2018, the office is continuing to support them.
The Salisbury office has been supporting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance during 2017. In 2018 Salisbury office is raising funds for Wilton Riding for the Disabled Association who provide life- enhancing and life changing opportunities through the sport for people with a range of disabilities.
In 2017 the Torquay office has been supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK – I Fight for James raising in total £5406.02. In 2018 they have decided to continue their support for MDUK – IFFJ.
In 2017 the Taunton office raised £3,500 for the charity ‘Stand Against Violence’ which aims to prevent violence, its long-term consequences and the grief of losing loved ones. Actvities included a 70 mile walk by 22 staff from the Somerset border around the coast to our Taunton office.
In 2018 the chosen office charity will be Taunton Association for the Homeless recently rebranded as Arc which supports homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
In 2017, the Plymouth office supported St Luke’s Hospice an independent charity providing specialist advice and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses for which £4,000 was raised.
In 2018, Plymouth staff have voted to support Woodside Animal Welfare Trust an animal rehoming charity and plan to continue the tuck shop, raffles, bake sales, breakfast club and our staff quiz.
In 2017 Truro office staff voted for Penhaligon’s Friends, a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county as their chosen charity. Fundraising event highlights included staff dress down days, cake bake mornings baby photo competitions and the annual Christmas jumper event.
Truro’s chosen charity for 2018 is The Invictus Trust; a small charity which aims to support and offer services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues.