The Charterhouse Charity Day – what we got up to
The Charterhouse Charity Day
Over the past few years, CSR (Social Responsibility) has been at the heart of our business, focusing us to ensure that the people arounds us are supported and that we make a positive contribution to society. The focus helps us to ensure that our staff, the community around us and the wider community have the best support we can offer and part of this approach is supporting a number of charities and community projects.
Because of the impact of COVID on charities we decided that this year we would hold our first charity day, during which all of our team would volunteers for their chosen charity to help them with much needed resource.
The three charities we chose to work with on the day were:
Our team split up into three groups and spent the day working with the charities to help them. The work was very different to our normal work but, as they say, a change is as good as a holiday. Whilst the work was more manual than we are used to it gave our team an amazing sense of purpose and achievement and when we got everyone together in the evening for something to eat the atmosphere was buzzing.
With the team at MIND having collected a huge pile of clothes to donate, they then helped out in the shop for the day, getting the store ready for the new season. Cem Soydaner our team lead for the day commented “who knew that such a different form of work could be so rewarding, the team were fantastic and hopefully we have helped MIND in Harrow get ready for the new season and give them more clothes to help their fundraising.”
Meanwhile in Wendover, Bucks, the team at Lindengate were helping the charity prepare their conservation area. As a mental health charity they provide those with mental health challenges the change to experience and work in a beautiful, calming space and are a leading conservation organisation in the local area. Krisztina Simko said “the charity is an amazing secret garden and whilst we were there to help, the calming impact on the team that were there helping was amazing. There might be some sore bones though as we had to put some hard work in for the day.”
The last team were heling at Kids Can Achieve, working with them to clear their outside space which is essential to give children and their families much needed outdoor space. Like the team at Lindengate, the KCA team got their hands dirty clearing and weeding but left the space set up for the colder months so the children can enjoy some fresh air space. Shelley Vincett, our team lead there summed the day up “KCA are a charity that help disable children and their families bring some normality and fun to their lives, so being able to help them in any way was a superb opportunity. Taking us out of the office to do some hard manual work was a shock to us all and the aching limbs the next day proved it. The smile it brought to all of us though was worth it. Thank you to KCA for giving us this opportunity and hopefully we can do the same again next year.”
The day has proved to be a huge success, giving our team something to be proud of whilst at the same time helping out charities in great need.
Watch this space next year for our next event.