Charitable fundraising at Equiom

Wednesday 18 May 2016

By Caroline Ashley, Senior Manager – Corporate Communications

Across the Equiom Group we are pleased to play our part in our local communities and we are particularly proud of our fundraising achievements for worthwhile causes.

‘Dress down Fridays’ have proved to be particularly fruitful for fundraising. Recently our Isle of Man office donated £7,750 to several local causes from funds raised during the 2014-2015 financial year. The pot was split between charities nominated and voted for by the staff at the beginning of the financial year. The chosen headline charities - Parkinsons Disease Society Isle of Man and Finley’s Tracks - each received £2,000. Five additional charities – Autism Initiatives Isle of Man, Breathe Easy Isle of Man Support Group, Naseem's Manx Brain Tumour Charity, Manx Miracles and Manx Mencap – each received £750.

In addition, the Isle of Man team has enjoyed raising funds for numerous other causes since January, including Alder Hey, the British Heart Foundation and the Red Cross, through various activities, cake sales and office games.

In March, our Isle of Man and Jersey teams took part in a cycle challenge for Sport Relief with employees taking turns to pedal for between 10 and 60 minutes on exercise bikes positioned in the reception areas. Our Guernsey office supported the same cause with a cake sale. Including a donation from Equiom, we raised nearly £1,000 for Sport Relief.

This inspired us to do more joined-up fundraising between the offices and last week was the first time all five offices came together for a common cause. On Friday 13 May, all employees were invited to wear red to raise funds for International Red Cross Week and we had various fundraising activities across the offices including ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ games in Hong Kong and the Isle of Man and a ‘red raffle’ in Guernsey.

Our employees across Europe will be taking part in the ‘Equiom 1,000-mile Challenge’ during June, with the aim of raising sponsorship by walking or running a total of 1,000 miles through their individual participation in various events across the islands. The events include Guernsey’s Saffery Rotary Walk on 11 June, the Isle of Man’s Parish Walk on 18 June and Jersey’s Relay for Life on 25 June (which Equiom is sponsoring). Numerous local causes will benefit from the funds raised.

To tie in with Equiom’s sponsorship of the Jersey Relay for Life, for Cancer Research UK, this month we hosted a fundraising lunch for 60 guests at Longueville Manor boutique luxury hotel, Jersey. The lunch was hosted by CEO Sheila Dean and Non-Executive Director Heather Bestwick and included a three-course lunch and prize draw, raising more than £16,000. Funds raised will go to the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre at Southampton Hospital, which is where most Channel Islands’ patients will spend part of their cancer journey.

Over in Guernsey we recently presented £4,000 to Les Bourg Hospice and £4,000 to Cancer Research Relay for Life from funds raised by dress down Fridays. In addition, Equiom Guernsey took a table at the 2016 Dance Floor Challenge to support our very own Mary Ward (Assistant Manager), who was taking part in the Challenge to raise funds to support Mind Guernsey.

Youth Diabetes in Action was the primary beneficiary for our Hong Kong fundraising recently, with the charity receiving over £8,000 from Equiom Hong Kong through a combination of sponsorship and fundraising.

The above is only a sample of the causes we have supported since January, with lots of games, sporting fun and cake consumption along the way. The Charity Committees across our five international offices have got plenty planned for the rest of the year and we will continue to share our success stories along the way.