With a constant flow of incoming dress-down day funds from our casually-dressed-on-Fridays employees, monies are routinely sent to a mix of charities, national and local.
It's always nice to receive recognition for your efforts, whether in a personal or professional capacity. That's why we're tickled pink with these just-in thank you notes from our recent charitable beneficiaries.
Marie Curie: "Thank you! We really appreciate your £49.00 gift. It'll make a real difference to people living with terminal illness and their families. The generosity of kind supporters like you makes it possible for people with a terminal illness, and their families, to get the care and support they need, for example through hands-on care in their homes or in one of our hospices."
Beechwood Cancer Care: "We were delighted to receive your £48.55 donation through JustGiving, thank you so much. Your kindness means that we are able to offer help and support to more people with cancer or life-limiting illness, their families and friends. Please know this donation has made a big difference, thank you."
September's dress-down event raised the usual £50ish and is being sent to the Fat Lads on Bikes charity on Ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, which treats cancer patients and supports their families. Ward 14 uses charitable funding to provide items and services over-and-above those catered for by NHS funding such as free TV subscriptions and holistic therapy sessions. Our monies will assist future plans to extend the range of services provided, offer free wifi and build a new conservatory.
Next, we're getting actively involved with Vision Aid Overseas, collecting old glasses which our staff no longer use and are, in all likelihood, sitting gathering dust in a drawer somewhere in their homes. These glasses will be sent to Vision Aid Overseas for recycling and re-use in their eye care centres in underdeveloped countries so they can reach out to some 10% of the world's population currently disadvantaged by poor vision and lack of spectacles due to poverty.
Finally, there's Children in Need. Our plans for Friday 13th November are gaining momentum. While the finer details of the day's activities are still to be decided, we're fairly certain that some of our old favourites will feature once again this year, namely our quiz, darts competition, buffet and bake-off. Watch this space and please do take part if you can. As well as having a bit of fun, you can boost our fundraising total for the Children in Need charity.
If you'd like to join our Vision Aid Overseas campaign and donate some glasses, or find out more about Children in Need, please contact our charity committee, Project QP.