Fundraising during 2020 has certainly had its challenges but, all things considered, CliniMed and SecuriCare have done a great job of supporting local charities and our Corporate Charity Partner, Marie Curie. We kicked the year off with a few dress down days, a donation drive for books to be donated locally and a pancake race in aid of our local Shopmobility. In March we took part in the Sport Relief sweepstake, held another dress down day for Marie Curie and collected donations for our local Women’s Aid.
By Easter time, many of our team were working from home, but this didn’t hold us back. We held an Easter raffle, donated to three local charities and wrote to 26 residents at a nearby care home.
Colleagues were also asked to donate any spare duvets or pillowcases to help out a local volunteer, Jessica, who was busy sewing scrubs for Wycombe and Watford General Hospitals. Hospital staff also needed bags to place their scrubs in, and that’s where our extra bedding came in handy as Jessica had a huge order for 250 of them!
In May, we came across Thomas Hearn, an ostomate from the Wycombe area, raising money for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (a charitable cause who fund equipment and research to improve patient care) with his impressive ‘One Box to Everest’ challenge. We donated £200 to his amazing cause and were so pleased to see his total raised was more than £5,000!
June saw our month-long walk-athon challenge. Our aim was to collectively walk 268 hours - the time it would take to walk from Land's End in Cornwall to John o'Groats in Scotland. We had 18 colleagues take part, tracking our minutes walked every day throughout June. Collectively, we needed to walk at least eight hours a day to make this happen, and for some of us that meant doing a lot more walking than before. By the end of June we had walked a whopping 526 hours between us, which equates to having walked from Land’s End to John o’Groats AND BACK again – more than 1600 miles! We raised £810 – a new record for us which was matched by the company, taking us to £1620. We then had some last minute donations which saw our total reach £1690 - a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us!
Our fundraising activities are in full swing throughout November as we continue to support local charities… here we are donating 150 face coverings to Wycombe Homeless Connection! These masks will be placed in the care packages provided to emergency accommodation clients and will be used in the Wycombe Homeless Connection support centre and housing legal clinic too.
Another exciting CSR project is our donation of £300 to the Buttony Bear charity which will cover the cost of ten care packages for young adults who have recently had stoma surgery.
Our current fundraising total for Marie Curie is now at £2,660 and we’re certain our festive efforts will see us surpass the £3,000 mark by the end of the year. This would be a fantastic achievement on top of all our other CSR work this year!