Touching Lives - October 2013
Companies take Action
Action is proud to be working with some fantastic organisations who have been getting active to help save and change children’s lives.
We are delighted to be one of five charities who benefited from the amazing support of Marks & Spencer (M&S) staff and customers in the summer. The M&S Charity Challenge kicked off in style back in June with Arc to Arch their Paris to London cycling challenge. This was followed by the breathtaking Bike 24 Challenge, which saw over 1,400 M&S staff take to the track at Rockingham to cycle 24 hours in teams of four braving the wind and rain. There was also a month of in-store fundraising. It is hoped all three activities will raise £1 million for the five charities.
One Stop stores across the country have raised around £60,000 for the charity in the last two years by placing collection tins on their counters encouraging customers to give their spare change. Many stores also held fun days with extra fundraising activities including raffles, fancy dress and visits by our charity mascot Paddington Bear. The Arun Group, a chain of five estate agents in the south east, has been supporting Action for four years through events raising well over £50,000. This year staff from over 90 offices donned their lycra, wetsuits and trainers to ride, swim and run in five different events for the charity. Even those not taking part in any activities have been fundraising for Action.
We are also delighted to welcome a few more companies who have chosen us as their charity partner: sportpursuit.com and WA Ellis estate agents in London, who entered four teams into the South Downs Way overnight PLOD walk.
Thanks to everyone for going the extra mile to help sick and disabled babies and children.