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Sanctuary employees raise over £12,000 for charity in 2021

By Gemma Raw

Through a series of individual challenges, pledges and donations, Sanctuary employees raised over £12,000 for charity in 2021 and we couldn't be prouder!

In June, we released a blog highlighting our fundraising activities for the first 6 months of the year.​

In the final half of the year, we raised £7,003. Several of our people have also donated their time to help local charities deliver vital services. Here’s a few highlights...

Payroll Giving

Being a sizeable company means that our monthly payroll donations soon add up. So much so that we raised just over £2,000 in payroll giving in total throughout 2021. In the last six months, this has allowed us to send much-needed funds to:

Andrew raises £5,570 at Charity Golf Day

In honour of his dad who has been living with Alzheimer’s for almost seven years, Andrew Cleeve, Lead Mental Health Consultant, organised a charity Golf Day in September fondly named The Richard Cleeve Cup. An amazing £3,570 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society and a further £2,000 for Oakwood House in Kesgrave, where Andrew’s dad is being cared for. As well as many of Sanctuary’s staff giving generously to the causes, we’re delighted to say that £183 was donated from our August payroll giving.

Hollie steps up the pace for Royal British Legion

Hollie Mills, Non-Clinical Recruitment Consultant, braved the cold to run 5K on behalf of Royal British Legion (RBL) with her mum’s dog, Senna. Hollie was pleased to beat her initial target to raise £340, which Sanctuary topped up to £517 using funds from staff monthly payroll giving.

Speaking about why she chose to run for RBL, Hollie says:“It’s an incredible thing to take on a job where you put your life on the line 24/7 to ensure the safety of others. I wanted to do something to help people who have served or who are currently serving. One of the ways I felt I could support the Armed Forces was to raise money for a charity that supports them.”

Michael and Lilly donate their time

Michael Clarke, Junior Social Work Recruitment Consultant, volunteered at World Food Aid full-time before starting his apprenticeship with Sanctuary. He spent his time collecting and organising baby and food bank donations to support those experiencing food poverty. Today, he remains close to the charity and volunteers whenever he can. Talking about his motivation for helping others, Michael says: “As a volunteer, I can see how families are struggling and what a difference the food bank makes, which is my motivation for being involved.”

Also donating her time regularly is Operations Associate Lilly Bak, who spends an evening each week (from November to March) helping homeless people at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter. Speaking movingly about her reasons for being involved, Lilly says: “I am passionate about the rehabilitation of homeless people, regardless of their past or background, and believe that anybody can find themselves in that situation. They deserve the chance in life that the rest of us have. Everyone at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter is lovely and make the guests who stay with them feel very welcome and at home. There’s no ‘them and us’ atmosphere, just people helping other people.”

Sanctuary sponsors social work events

As a business, Sanctuary was delighted to support two major events this year aimed at bringing the social work community together and sharing best practice. The 17 November was a busy day for us as we sponsored both the National Social Care 2021 Conference in Wales (under our Resource Stream brand), as well as the Social Worker of the Year Awards, whereby we proudly entered our 10th year of sponsorship. We were utterly in awe as the Awards saw hundreds of entries from social work teams across the UK keen to share their examples of best practice.

Thank You

To every single one of our employees, thank you. Together we make a difference.