Helping our local communities; a review of the year

October 30, 2017 - Helen Ibbotson

As the days have become more autumnal and the weather well and truly heading towards Winter, the days and weeks are leading us up to the end of another year. We’ve taken a look back at our community work this year which has been fun, challenging and rewarding.

Supporting where we can

We believe we should support local charities and communities wherever we can and help to bring about positive social change. It’s something our staff also believe in and various members of the team have taken on their own challenges in order to raise money and awareness for local causes.

Fundraising for LOROS

Our charity of the year for 2017 was LOROS, a hospice that provides high quality compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their family.

Here’s how some of the team got involved this year…

Emma Davey, our Paraplanner raised over £600 by taking part in ‘Snowdoniaaaaah!,’ where she bravely rode not only the fastest zip line in the world, but also the longest in Europe. She then went on to walk up one of the highest mountains in the UK, Snowdon, in very wet and cold conditions.

Four of our staff members volunteered to spend 36 hours abandoned in a wood in order to fundraise for LOROS. In order to survive and win food they entered into the wild and had to complete a variety of challenges which included building a shelter out of tree branches and leaves, eating a selection of creepy crawlies and starting and maintaining a fire.

Stefan, Kieran, Joel and Dave raised over £1,400 for their efforts.

Cycling Challenge

George Simpson, one of our financial advisers based in Leamington Spa, joined a challenge to cycle 1000 miles in 10 days from Calais, France to Torrevieja, Spain. To complete this challenge, he was on his bike for some 10 hours each day in order to cover 100 miles!

The route included the Pyrenees mountain range and he carried all of his own equipment. George raised £1,200, which was split between LOROS and Myton Hospices.

Sponsoring Local Teams

We sponsor three local youth sports teams, the Stoneygate Lions, the Kirby Muxloe 88’s and the Syston RFC Colts (U18s).

We strongly believe that sport helps young people to build their team working skills as well as keeping them active.

Aviva Community Fund

More recently, we have nominated two projects for the Aviva Community Fund, which donates money to worthy local causes.

Sharing Bread + is an initiative that uses bread baking to teach local people about healthy eating, food sharing opportunities as well as helping them to save money while having fun with bread dough.

The Walking Basketball League encourages people who may struggle with traditional fast paced sports due to age or injury to be more active and social.

In order for these two projects to get the funding they need we would be really grateful if you could take the time to vote for them. Voting closes on the 21st November and the winners will be announced on the 16th January. To vote and to find out more, please click here.