Whether we’re mountaineers or bucketeers, we’re all getting behind CSR at Utilitywise
Recently I shared with you our plans for our Utilitywise Charity Day 2017. I’m pleased to say that, on Friday 2 June, we raised over £7,500 for our chosen charities.
Our charities were all nominated and voted for by our colleagues across the Utilitywise Group:
- Water Aid, our Group charity
- In Newcastle, we raised money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund, nominated by energy consultants Sean Gleeson and Kerryn Allan
- In Redditch, we raised money for the Acorn Children’s Hospice, nominated by carbon analyst Victoria Pollard
- Our team in Portsmouth supported Second Chance, nominated by administrator Warren Lodder
- At our Bury office, bill validation analyst Sarah Burns nominated The Willow Foundation
- In Chesterfield, we raised money for St Luke’s Hospice, nominated by Simon Wilson
- In Prague, we supported our Prague office’s annual charity, Klokanek Children’s Home
Just over a week has passed since the big day. At all of our office locations, colleagues had the chance to take part in all sorts of different fundraising activities. Amongst all the bake sales, karaoke, and haircuts, a couple of stand out: “Managers in the Water Stocks” proved particularly popular at our HQ in Newcastle, while in Redditch our team organised a charity football match at Redditch FC.
I think it’s fair to say that everybody enjoyed the opportunity to have some Friday fun while raising money for these brilliant causes. In fact, I’m pleased to say that our colleagues were so enthusiastic that their fundraising efforts didn’t stop after 2 June. On Saturday 10 June, two teams from Utilitywise took part in Water Aid’s Mountain Challenge. One team reached the summit of Skiddaw in some atrocious weather, while the second team completed the Ashness circuit.
Next month some of our colleagues will be taking part in the Coast to Coast cycling challenge. It will be tough, but the team is training hard and we’re 100% confident they’ll be equal to the task.
So far we’ve raised a total of £7,500. We’ll share our final total next month.
Our financial year is drawing to a close, and we’re about to begin drawing up a CSR strategy which will allow every colleague at Utilitywise the opportunity and time to give back to local communities. I hope you’re looking forward to our plans as much as I am.