Headlining this latest round-up of Project QP news is Clare Tuck, our long-serving Regional Sales Consultant, who's religiously attended our charity committee's regularly scheduled blood donor sessions and gained a well-deserved silver award for her 25th donation.
Clare's award-holding status is evidence of her absolute commitment to supporting Quill's efforts of giving something back to the community. Clare's making an ongoing contribution towards our nation's health by boosting perilously low blood stock levels.
Our donor superhero, Clare, is now the proud owner of a silver donor card, badge and mounted certificate in recognition of her valued blood-giving services.
Clare explains: "Donating blood is vital in helping to maintain stock levels and you never know when you or someone you care for will need it in an emergency. It’s a relatively painless way of making a difference and you get a lovely cup of tea and a biscuit when you’ve finished!"
Next up are our monthly dress-down days. Since our last collection of charity news, we've held two dress-down Fridays where staff in all of our regional offices donated £1 each time to come to work dressed in casual clothes rather than their usual formal wear.
April's beneficiary, selected by our Manchester site, was the Brain & Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC), based in Salford, who help rebuild people's lives through rehabilitation once discharged from hospital following brain and spinal injuries.
A spokesperson for BASIC sent us this nice Tweet: "Thanks @QuillPinpoint for donating £63.69 from Dress Down Day to help those surviving brain and spinal injury @basiccharity. We salute you!"
May's beneficiary, STAMP Revisited, selected by our Redcar site, is a 1995-established organisation which offers free, confidential, independent advocacy services to people affected by mental health issues living in the North East. Our usual £50+ is now making its way to STAMP's bank account where it'll be put to good use for one-to-one assistance with patients strugging with mental health problems.
STAMP Revisited sent us a letter stating: "I'm writing to thank you and your colleagues at Quill Pinpoint following your very kind donation of £54.40 after taking part in a dress-down Friday event. The generosity of individuals like yourselves makes it possible for our organisation to exist and your support helps us to continue our mission and assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society."
Finally, not forgetting our mountainous explorers who scaled the heights of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside (aka Yorkshire's Three Peaks) in less than 11 hours through sheer determination.
A quarter of our staff participated in the event and donations now stand at over £3,500 which is 140% of our original target. It's our biggest fundraiser to date and every £1 raised goes to our chosen charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to improve treatment for MS sufferers and fund research to beat MS for good.
Julian Bryan, MD, comments: "I'm so pleased with everyone at Quill for their enthusiastic engagement with our charity calendar. We've raised and donated thousands of pounds over recent months to non-profits up and down the country. But we're not stopping there. Our philanthropic programme continues throughout the year."
Visit our Facebook page to read our thank you notes in their entirety and see photographic evidence of Clare with her donor award.
Thank you for your continued support. To get more actively involved in our charitable endeavours or to find out about upcoming events, email Project QP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 236 2910.