Why we’re raising thousands for care homes and hospices in our communities
Throughout December, we raised £3,180 for three care homes and one hospice, all with links to our firm.
The money will be split four ways between Northcote Lodge Care Home, Aberdeen; Strathcarron Hospice, Denny; Southpark Retirement Home, Edinburgh; and Ballifeary House, Inverness.
Our efforts started with Christmas cards, where for every card sent the firm made a donation in recognition of the tremendous work these organisations do.
Then, colleagues generously gave donations to wear festive jumpers and to take part in our raffle (who wouldn’t want to win an extra day’s holiday?!) Plus, Scottish fitness instructor and personal trainer Mark Davies donated a virtual PT session and the Aberdeen Whisky Shop gave us a voucher to raffle.
And last but not least, we unleashed our Christmas creativity in our ‘decorate your desk’ competition where people voted for their favourite through our GoFundMe page. Friends, family, clients and contacts also generously took a moment to donate.
In such a difficult year for so many, it’s hard to express just how grateful we are to everyone who donated for these wonderful places who do so much for our local communities.
Why it’s important
Edinburgh-based secretary, Julie Paterson, opened up recently about her family’s experience at Southpark, which is raising money for a ‘magic table.’ This piece of interactive equipment stimulates movement and social interaction for people with dementia.
And Inverness senior associate, Sine Mackay, told us how important Ballifeary House has been to her husband’s grandparents.
Northcote in the Granite City is looking for funds to enhance its sensory garden, including with a potting shed to help residents put their own stamp on their outside space. Meanwhile Strathcarron Hospice urgently needs money for support services such as the in-patient unit and Hospice@Home, where someone in the last two weeks of their life is cared for at home surrounded by everything and everyone they love.
On 6 January, our GoFundMe page had raised £1,090, which the firm’s charitable trust match-funded, alongside a donation for all 1,472 Christmas cards sent.