Over the last few years, Thistle employees have been involved in many different initiatives to raise money for charities. Whether it be organising activities as a team or supporting an individuals fundraising goals, we feel it is vitally important for our staff to raise awareness of such causes and is something we hope to increase support for in the future.
Here are some examples of our recent fundraising activity;
Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. They work to promote good mental health and empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.
In May 2019, Richard Pacitti from Mind in Croydon, visited our office to do a lunchtime talk on Mental Health in the Workplace. The presentation was a general discussion around mental health, stress, work/life balance and overcoming the stigma of asking for help. Richard had lots of useful tips and advice to share with our team along with some great stories about the work Mind are doing in the local community. In return for Richard’s time, Thistle made a generous donation to the charity.
Movember works towards addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In 2018, with their pride at stake, some of the lads in the office came together and attempted growing moustaches for the month of November. Some were successful, others not so much, but through generous donations from workmates across the company the five lads raised over £300.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest yearly fundraising event and people all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings with donations on the day going to Macmillan. To step things up a notch we held a bake-off competition to bring some healthy competitive spirit to the day and increase participation. The resulting baked goods were spectacular, with some surprisingly decent bakers among the team coming to light. The coffee morning was a superb success, not only did we produce some tasty treats and have a very enjoyable morning, but most importantly, we raised money for a great charity!
Crisis is a UK charity for homeless people. It offers year-round education, employment, housing and well-being services in locations across the UK, including near our offices in Croydon. In 2017, we held an internal raffle with various great prizes such as additional annual leave and a meal out on Thistle. Needless to say, the interest in getting an extra day off was a great motivator and participation was high! In total, we raised over a £1000 with a very generous gesture by the management staff in which they matched the initial amount raised by the raffle.