Supporting local charities nominated by our colleagues
Every month, we take part in #CharityTuesday and raise money for charities in our local communities, nominated by our colleagues. It’s a fantastic way for us to give back and celebrate the causes that are close to our colleagues’ hearts.
We typically split our support by location: at our head office supports one organisation, and our other offices in Redditch, Portsmouth, Chesterfield and Bury St Edmunds support another. This ensures that each organisation receives a good level of support.
This month we’re supporting two fantastic organisations:
Why we’re supporting the Sunderland Samaritans
The Sunderland Samaritans is a regional branch of the Samaritans, an organisation which helps people who are suicidal and in despair. They support people with mental health issues along with those experiencing family breakdowns and isolation. They also provide support to people who may be contemplating suicide or even be in the process of taking their own life.
Most people contact the Samaritans by telephone, but these days they can also access support by email, SMS, and even by dropping into the branch for a private chat. The branch helps approximately 30,000 people per year, mainly through telephone contact.
The branch was nominated by Fay Stafford from our sales support department in Newcastle. Fay said: “Every penny counts and all donations are very gratefully received. These donations help the branch stay open for all those in desperate need so they can talk in confidence to people who care and who will respond to them in a non-judgemental way.”
Each branch is run independently by a team of volunteers. As well as being listeners for local people, they are also responsible for their own recruitment, training, mentoring and fundraising.
100% of all funds raised are used within the branch by the Management Committee to keep the branch open. If you would like to speak to the Sunderland Samaritans, you can call them on 0191 567 7177 or visit their website.
Why we’re supporting the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
The National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (otherwise known as NASS) is fighting to improve the treatment and care of people with AS.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis. The primary symptom is back pain. Around 6% of adults in the UK (or three million people) suffer from chronic lower back pain lasting longer than 3 months.
The majority of cases are classed as “mechanical” – how the muscles, ligaments, discs and bones work together – but around one in 20 cases, the pain is due to inflammation.
NASS was nominated by Chris Taylor, marketing manager at our Redditch office. Chris said: “NASS does not receive any government funding so it would be great to support them so they can continue to fund research to improve the lives of those who suffer from the condition.”
To donate or find out more, please visit the NASS website.