Spectrum Gives Back To Children’s Charity


Spectrum has donated a portion of their fundraising efforts from their annual staff survey, to the North East hub of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which supports families caring for a seriously ill child.

Each year, Spectrum ask staff to nominate their favourite regional charities (reflecting the footprint of the organisation) to receive fundraising donations. For each colleague that completes our staff survey, £10 is added to the fundraiser – with a total of £4,100 raised for charity (£1,366 each) in the last survey.

The charities which were selected in the three regions were Rainbow Trust for the North East, Wythenshawe Safespots for the North West, and Andy’s Man Club in Yorkshire.

Founded 38 years ago, Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life-threatening illness. The charity has nine Care teams of Family Support Workers and an online family support team providing practical and emotional support for families caring for a seriously ill child. The North East team is based in Sunderland and covers Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Teesside, Redcar and Cleveland.

Oonagh Goodman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rainbow Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to Spectrum Community Health CIC for this very generous donation. The funds will help us fund vital support to families with a seriously ill child and make the most of the precious time they have together.”

Nominating Rainbow Trust was Tara McKevitt, Spectrum’s Resourcing Business Partner. The charity has been a lifeline for Tara’s niece Caitlin.

Tara said, “I nominated Rainbow Trust because of the fantastic work they do across the country, but especially providing immeasurable support to my family. My niece’s baby son AJ lives with propionic acidemia – a hereditary disorder where the body is unable to process certain proteins and lipids properly. Rainbow Trust’s expert Family Support Worker has enabled my family to make the most of their time together, giving them practical and emotional support, and being there for them every step of the way.”

Dr Linda Harris OBE, Chief Executive of Spectrum, said, “On behalf of the Board of Spectrum, we are thoroughly grateful to all staff who, on completion of the most recent staff survey, automatically contributed to the overall donation of £4,100 which has been allocated to three great charities. Through these donations, we have been able to ensure that Spectrum fulfils 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.”

charity cheque handed over

L-R: Sabrina Kah (from Rainbow Trust) with Tara, baby AJ & Caitlin.

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