Now…never mind the ballots, what about these fund-raisers?
Martin House/Macmillan: High profile Yorkshire agency chain Linley & Simpson has supported Martin House for the past five years and recently handed over £20,000.
Now its latest charity venture has been partnering with Macmillan, pledging £100 from every house sold to the charity until January.
Becky Read, fundraising manager at Macmillan, says: “Corporate partners like Linley & Simpson, who have an ongoing commitment to make a difference, enable us to continue to deliver a high quality service to ensure that people with cancer can find their best way through”.
The Homesavers: The Deposit Protection Service has donated £6,250 to this Wirral organisation that helps people in need of support to secure accommodation.
The funding will Homesavers to provide deposits for tenancies in affordable, privately-owned, accommodation of a good standard to people who are homeless, in danger of becoming homeless or on low incomes. It will also enable the charity to help clients maintain tenure and fund cold weather packs for rough sleepers.
Kevin Burgan, a trustee at The Homesavers, says: “The DPS donation will help us to support more people and families who rely upon private rented accommodation but who cannot secure a house or flat because they cannot afford the deposit.”
The charity works with a local letting agent to house clients.
Bwengu Projects Malawi: Patrick Sullivan of Redbrick Lettings in Coventry and Chris Holmes of Bricknells Rentals in Rotherham met on a training course touching upon the work of Bwengu Projects Malawi.
They flew to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, last month to visit schools in the north of the country teaching children. They visited 16 schools, meeting wonderful teachers working in challenging circumstances.
Now there’s a black tie dinner in Birmingham on December 5, with all proceeds to the charity.
reallymoving’s 20 good deeds: Tech firm reallymoving marks its 20th birthday this month with 20 good deeds.
With charitable endeavours ranging from Tough Mudders to tree planting and collecting clothes for refugees in Calais, staff have supported local community initiatives and raised funds for national and local charities.
Through its ongoing sponsorship of Verulam reallymoving Race Team, which nurtures and supports talented cyclists in St Albans, three promising local youngsters have recently been selected for special training with British Cycling’s regional school of racing.
Highburton First School: Kassam and Co are delighted to support Highburton CE (VC) First School with sports tops to keep Years 1 to 5 warm when competing in winter sporting activities.
Fine & Country Foundation: On Sunday December 8 the foundation will once again be hosting its annual Carols By Candlelight at the iconic King’s College Chapel in the heart of Cambridge.
The magnificent scale, acoustics and beauty of the chapel make it an idyllic setting, with all proceeds raised from the concert going to four local homeless charities: Emmaus, Wintercomfort, Jimmy’s Cambridge and Cyrenians.
Fine & Country CEO, David Lindley, says: “All 500 tickets available last year sold out, so this year we are increasing capacity to 700, meaning we can welcome more guests, and most importantly, raise even more money for these brilliant causes.
“We were delighted to raise over £15,000 last year for our four partner charities in Cambridge, this year we hope to raise even more. Not only does the event do so much good for those who are less fortunate than us, especially pertinent at this time of year, the event itself is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
General admission tickets will be sold for £20, pew tickets will cost £30 each and VIP tickets will be available for £50 each. All proceeds are shared between the four charities.
Centrepoint: The agency MyLondonHome has, along with many others from the industry, slept out for Centrepoint – the youth homelessness charity.
MyLondonHome founder Steven Herd says: “I support Centrepoint due to the amazing work they do to fix young people, not just provide a roof over their heads. With your help I am aiming to raise £400 as this is enough to cover the cost of 16 counselling sessions for a vulnerable young person at Centrepoint.”
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