Charity Fundraising at David Salisbury
31 January 2020
While the big news today is clearly our exit from the European Union – don’t worry this latest post is not about Brexit(!) – we wanted to talk about something hopefully more inspiring: raising money for charity. After the two best years in our company’s history in 2018 and 2019, designing and installing orangeries and garden rooms all around the country, we have also found time to fund raise for some great causes.
Through a combination of different activities, as a business, we managed to raise in excess of £4,600 for MacMillan Cancer Support last year. This was boosted by two significant fundraising initiatives in particular.
At the beginning of last year, our Customer Account Manager Chloe Power began raising money to ‘Brave the Shave.’ By the time she shaved her head on 1st May 2019, she had personally raised a whopping £1,384 – well over her target of £1,034, a figure chosen specifically as this pays for a MacMillan nurse for one week.
By the middle of the year, Helen and Amy, from our Customer Service team, along with Claire (HR), were starting their ‘Mighty Hike’ along the Jurassic Coast. A gruelling 26 mile walk along the very undulating(!) coastline, this was a huge event which was rewarded with the considerable sum of £1,896 raised between the three of them.
Other activities during the course of last year included Joe and Kate from our Procurement Department completing their first running event: the Bridgwater 10k back in September. A number of cake sales, a coffee morning and, of course, Christmas Jumper Day all helped raise much-needed funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.
The sum total by the end of 2019, across all of our fundraising activities combined, was £4,611.71: great work everyone! This sum will effectively pay for a MacMillan support worker for just under two whole months.
During the first two weeks of January, David Salisbury’s Charity & Social Committee organised a companywide vote to decide what charity we should raise money for during 2020. After many great causes had been nominated, the charity with the most votes received was: the British Heart Foundation.
Already members of our team are starting to think about plans to raise funds for what is another vitally important cause. These include one sporting challenge every month of the year, a 100 mile walk and, big respect(!), a skydive.
Each of these personal challenges will have their own JustGiving pages, which we will look forward to sharing in due course via our social media platforms.
Until then, rather than concern ourselves with what happens next with Brexit, we’ll focus on designing more of our award-winning orangeries and gardens rooms – and raising some money for another great cause: the British Heart Foundation.