One thing the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted is the importance of uniting as communities to support those less fortunate than ourselves. At Quill, we place great emphasis on donating to charity, recognising beneficiaries' reliance upon fundraising to continue their worthwhile work.
With many fundraising activities postponed for the foreseeable future, as dictated by government lockdown measures on group meetings, charities are experiencing hard times and reaching out for pledges to overcome the financial impact of COVID-19.
You may have heard about Quill's salary sacrifice donations, made monthly for dress-down-to-work privileges, in aid of various charities. Our regional offices take turns in picking charities and over £100 is given every month.
In January, our Liverpool office chose Sean's Place, a mental health and wellbeing centre for men in Sefton and Liverpool; in February, Manchester selected St Ann's Hospice, an organisation which helps people over 18 affected by life-limiting illness, their loved ones and carers; in March, Redcar opted for Zoe's Place, a hospice that provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants. Each beneficiary is now the recipient of £100+ thanks to our dress-down initiative.
On top of this, we took part in the Virtual Grand National event, a computer-simulated race replacing the big race which was cancelled due to coronavirus, by holding an employee sweepstake with the majority of winnings bestowed upon Captain Tom Moore's charitable fundraiser. To celebrate his 100th birthday, Captain Moore walked 100 lengths of his 25-metre long garden in aid of our national heroes, NHS Charities Together. Today we donated £125, taking Captain Moore's total to over £18.5 million.
To find out what we're doing next for charity, get in touch with our charity committee and keep an eye on our social media pages.