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Social impact update October 2019

October was another action-packed month, with Jelf colleagues from across the country giving up their time to give back to their communities.

After another busy month of charitable activity and volunteering days, we want to shout about our fantastic employees. Here is what they have been up to in October:

Tea & Talk to put worries to rest

On 10 October (Mental Health Awareness Day), our Chipping Sodbury office held a ‘Tea & Talk’ session.

Tea & Talk is an initiative held by the Mental Health Foundation to give people the opportunity to open up and talk to one another, whist raising money for a charity who helps support those in need.

For a couple of hours, colleagues were welcomed to take a break from their desks, and have a natter, cuppa and cake.

There was also information dotted around the room about how we can sleep better, how we can support mental health at work, and how to better look after your mental health.

Jelf Chipping Sodbury volunteer for the Mental Health Foundation

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme laugh it up for a good cause  

Our team in Newcastle-under-Lyme attended an evening of fun and laughter which was staged by Dains Accountants in Stoke-on-Trent, to give a huge boost to mental health charity: North Staffs Mind.

A side-splitting comedy night for colleagues, friends and family members was organised to raise £2,250 for the independent Potteries-based organisation.

Top comedians Chris Washington and former Britain’s Got Talent star and headline act Daliso Chaponda took centre-stage during the evening, with comedian Dave Byron completing the auction.

Jelf Newcastle-under-Lyme colleages fundraise for the independent Potteries-based organisation

 

Plymouth get spooky in aid of young cancer patient, Oliver Brown

Our Plymouth colleagues held a Halloween themed bake sale, in aid of a very special family who are bravely battling through their son’s cancer treatment.

Oliver Brown has battled an extremely rare and life limiting disease for the last three years, and this year his family has ensured he gets to enjoy Christmas.

Alistair Ellis from our Plymouth office is a family friend of Oliver’s parents and has decided to help contribute to the Grand Appeal charity, who have supported the family’s treatment over the past three years, not just with care and support but also accommodation throughout.

The office’s bake sale raised over £100, and Alistair has committed to run the London Marathon 2020 to help contribute even more to the charity.

Jelf Plymouth raise money for young cancer patient, Oliver Brown

 

Exeter team did the Newton Abbot grand wheelbarrow race in aid of ‘Animals in Distress’

Back in the Summer months, Exeter colleagues took part in the Great Rotary Wheelbarrow race as Rotarians and corporate members of the Newton Abbot Rotary group.

The team chose to support the local charity Animals in Distress because they’re in urgent need for new dog kennels.

Animals in Distress is an animal shelter in South Devon who care for lots of animals looking for new homes.

The team managed to contribute an impressive £200 which is amazing.

Jelf Exeter fundraise for Animals in Distress

 

MacMillan coffee mornings

A huge shout out to the many MacMillan coffee mornings that took place across the business this month. We are blown away with the amount of effort that went into supporting such a worthy cause, here are just a few examples…

• Maidstone held a Macmillan Coffee Morning on the 19th September 2019 and raised a fantastic £214.00. They ran a bake off competition and the delicious cakes took two whole days to demolish.

• Our Harrogate team raised a fantastic £66.74, combining colour and flavour!

• Aberdeen have held many MacMillan charity days, raising lots of pennies over the years. Organised by several people in the office, various activities took place to raise an impressive £2,198.55! There were Home Bakes Raffle, Soup and Sandwich Lunches, Coin Toss Dunking Game, and Guess the Berries in the pie!!

• Horsforth combined their efforts with their ‘Hub offices’ including Bradford and Leeds Albion Street, which meant they raised a fantastic £631.56 in total.

• Our Glasgow office raised £265 with a tasty looking spread!

Jelf Harrogate host a Macmillian coffee morning

 

Bristol Quiz Night

Our Bristol region held their latest quiz night at the Bristol Pavilion recently, which was hosted by Chris Lewis from our Worcester office, and our quizmaster, Glen Curran from our Hereford office.

Over 120 colleagues and guests attended from various locations, to enjoy a fun and lively evening and raised an amazing £2,100 which will go to the chosen charity Jessie May.

Lindsey Horton, who attended the event from Jessie May told guests just how much the fundraising will benefit them. It’s safe to say the charity are extremely appreciative of the monies raised.

The quiz was won by the “Simple Six” from the Heath Care/Risk divisions at Chipping Sodbury! It was a real teamwork effort and a huge shout out to colleagues George Covello, Danielle Fain, Lisa Tucker Cert CII, Michelle Sims, Taylor Sweet & Mandy Powell for their help with the organisation. 

Jelf Chipping Sodbury fundraising for Jessie May charity

Jelf colleagues raising money for Jessie May Charity

 

A huge thanks to the efforts of colleagues who took part in charitable activity this month - it's been a busy one!

Check back next month to see what we have been up to.

 

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