At the end of last year, Spectrum staff were asked to nominate their favourite regional charities (reflecting the footprint of the business) to receive fundraising donations as part of Care For 10, our 10-year anniversary campaign.
For each colleague that completed Spectrum’s annual staff survey, which concluded in February, £10 was added to the fundraiser. A total of £3,780 was raised (£1,260 for each charity).
The charities which were selected in the three regions were Wear Valley Women’s Aid for the North East, St John’s Hospice for the North West, and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Yorkshire.
Each charity expressed their sincere appreciation for Spectrum’s efforts;
Wear Valley Women’s Aid, founded in Bishop Auckland over 50 years ago, is a refuge which offers women and their children temporary accommodation in a crisis, practical support and advice alongside specialist help. Alison Hope, Refuge Manager, said, “We are extremely grateful to Spectrum for this wonderful donation. Our heartfelt thanks go to all involved. It is through contributions like this that we can continue to help women and children fleeing domestic abuse and try to make a difference to their lives; we are indebted to Spectrum for recognising the value of our work here”.
St John’s Hospice provides free palliative care to patients with life-shortening conditions. Founded in 1986, their in-patient unit in Lancaster provides a high standard of specialist supportive care around the clock, 365 days of the year, for anyone aged 18 years and over. Lisa Morgan, Fundraising Manager, said, “We are grateful and humbled by the kind and loyal support shown by the staff of Spectrum. Each year, they hold a staff survey to choose a charity to support and we have benefited from this support for a number of years, with donations totalling £4,645.00. Without the support of our community and people like the employees of Spectrum, we simply couldn’t continue to provide the care and support we do.”
Forget Me Not supports local children (and their families) with life-limiting conditions in the Huddersfield area. Alex Chanteleau, Regional Fundraiser, said: “We’re so grateful to Spectrum for their generous donation which will make a big difference to the local children and families we support. Every year, we need over £4 million to run our hospice and without people and businesses like Spectrum raising money, we simply wouldn’t be here to provide the vital support that families need.”
Dr Linda Harris OBE, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, said, “On behalf of the Board of Spectrum, we are thoroughly grateful to all staff who, on completion of the staff survey, automatically contributed to the overall donation of £3,780 which has been allocated to three great charities. Through these donations, we have been able to ensure yet again throughout 2021/22, Spectrum fulfilled its mission to contribute to social causes. Our action will make a difference through wide-ranging charitable endeavours chosen, because they mean a lot to our own staff teams.”