Charitable giving really is engrained in our company culture. We remain just as committed to corporate philanthrophy and we're hoping 2017 will be our best year yet.
We kick-started our CSR campaigns in January with our monthly dress-down-Friday fundraiser which saw us donate £55 to the Marfan Association. Marfan Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that affects one in 5,000 people in the UK. Our pledged funds will support the charity's work improving medical management and surgical techniques for Marfan patients.
Our chosen charity for February's dress-down-Friday fundraiser is R Charity, part of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, which is running a £10m appeal for new hospital units of which they've raised £4m so far. We're asking our staff to come to work dressed in their casuals and dig deep for this worthy cause.
Last, but by no means least, two of our Brighton office employees, namely Richard Salt our IT Director and Gavin Downs our Software Developer, are doing the Brighton half marathon on 26th February for Cancer Research. Richard and Gavin have set themselves a £500 target and they've already achieved 119% of this. But, we'd love to see them raise even more.
We're asking our staff to sponsor Richard and Gavin. Can you too? If you're able to sponsor the pair, please visit their secure JustGiving web page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/quill-half-marathon-feb-2017. Every pound makes a huge difference.
Explaining his motivation for the 21k run, Richard comments: "For our first half marathon, this run may be a big challenge for us, but for families coping with cancer the challenge is immeasurable.
In the summer of 2016, my gorgeous wife Karen gave us all a major scare when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Karen has been incredibly strong, brave and positive throughout her treatment and we were so relieved to hear her doctor use the word 'remission' after her last scan.
We'd also like to dedicate this run to Mike Archer, the nephew of Karen Eldridge (Quill's Support & Implementation Manager), who very sadly passed away last year on 12th September at the young age of 34 due to oesophageal cancer. Mike had been diagnosed only 9 months before. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Pauline and their two daughters Millie and Chloe.
Please help us to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and perhaps one day cancer will just be a sign of the zodiac."
We have an in-house voluntary charity committee, called Project QP, who organise our CSR programmes. To get in touch with Project QP, whether it's to request support of your own charitable initiatives or to suggest new fundraising ideas for us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.