At PSD, we enjoy coming together to raise money for our nominated charities. Over the years various members of staff enthusiastically collaborate to arrange an exciting diversity of events and 2017 has been no different, with many fundraising events taking place in our offices across the country.

Manchester

Cash4Kids LogoManchester Charity CakeEmployees at our Manchester Office have already raised a fantastic £1500 so far this year for Cash for Kids Manchester. Team members have been very creative over the past six months, working hard to think of new ways to engage the office to raise as much money as possible. Unwanted Christmas presents were brought in for the “Unwanted Christmas Present Raffle”, and an amazing 60 Easter Eggs were donated to Cash for Kids who gave the eggs to disadvantaged children in the area.   A Grand National Sweepstake was organised as well as an office quiz, and a “doughnut-athon” which involved the consumption of too many Krispy Kremes by two willing volunteers! Also, a big well done to Terry Wetters who ran the Great Manchester 10km Run in 40 minutes and 36 seconds raising £50 for the Cash for Kids.

Over the next six months there will be even more events to raise money for Cash for Kids. The charity team is already planning another quiz, which are always successful and provide lots of fun, as well as a big charity event where they expect to raise over £1000 - watch this space!

Manchester Charity Check

Cake Sale 1London

AccessSport LogoOur London office has also been working hard to do their bit for their chosen charity Access Sport . The Christmas party, Pancake Day and a bake sale together raised a fantastic sum of over £3800.

In May, we were thrilled to have Access Sport join us at the London office for our staff drinks. James Cook MBE and Natasha Patterson, from Pedro Youth Club in Hackney, talked about how Access Sport's Better Futures Programme has transformed Pedro Youth Club into a buzzing club which, thanks to the money raised by us, is beginning to reach its full potential.

Over the next few months our London office will hold another International Lunch, due to the welcome success of last year's. They are also planning a Strawberries and Cream Summer Fete, come rain or shine!

Accesssport Talk

Haywards Heath

Chestnut Tree House LogoOur Haywards Heath office raises money each year for Chestnut Tree House - a hospice based in Sussex that cares for children with life-limiting illnesses. It currently costs well over £3.5m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 7p in every pound is funded by the government, so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex. At Chestnut Tree House their goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child's life, however short it may be.

Haywards Heath employees run a daily staff tuck shop, full of treats to keep hunger at bay, and staff make a donation for each treat. So far this year the tuck shop has raised £400.

HH Volunteer dayOn the 6th April Zoe Child, Charlotte Hackett, Troy Slife, Paul Philpott, Marian Kanagalingam, Claire Staplehurst, Daniel Yeates, Ian Bradbury, Lee Benwell and Anna Lawson all took part in a full and fun day of gardening at the hospice. The house has beautiful grounds for the children and their families to enjoy and each week a team of volunteers from local companies give a day of their time to help maintain the gardens and woodlands. Our team cleared all the stinging nettles, weeded pathways, watered all the apple trees, cleared daffodils from the wildflower gardens, cut back various plants and trees, tidied the compost area and edged the lawns in the memorial garden.

“Our volunteers are absolutely vital to the running of the hospice. We certainly could not operate without the generous gift of their time and experience. Every year, our volunteers donate hours of their time and save Chestnut Tree House in the region of £500,000.” Says Hugh Lawson, Chief Executive, Chesnut Tree House

Sadly we lost our much loved colleague, Tony Chappell, to cancer earlier this year. Tony worked in our Sales Ledger team for 15 years and was an integral part of our Finance and Accounting department. The team in Haywards Heath organised a fantastic cake sale and quiz night raising £550 for the hospice that cared for him.  

Well done everyone!