Scotland's Charity Partnership - Sepsis Research (FEAT)
In late 2018 we created a new Scotland Sustainability Team to take the lead on a range of charity and environmental issues. We were quickly thrust in to shortlisting our new charity partner, which was a particularly difficult task! Once the shortlist was finalised, the offices voted for Sepsis Research to be our designated charity for 2019 and 2020. We quickly sought to get the ball rolling with Colin Graham, the CEO of the charity. We discussed ideas, agreed on our approach and launched in February 2019 with a bold £50,000 fundraising target. So far we have raised £10,000, with an exciting variety of events planned over the next 18 months to drive towards the magical total.
Our initial race to £10k was primarily driven by the following events:
- Static charity cycle at Glasgow Airport – July 2019 – a team of us cycled the distance from Glasgow to Amsterdam in the airport, while distributing Sepsis Research materials and raising awareness amongst travellers
- Charity golf day at East Renfrewshire Golf Club – September 2019 – we took over the venue, with over 60 golfers taking part in a great day which incorporated both serious competition and some light-hearted fun
- Opportunity October – October 2019 – a month dedicated to charitable fundraising in teams which included quizzes, bingo and various tombola’s. The biggest individual fundraiser was the 7 Hills of Edinburgh challenge that 12 of us took on. A few sore legs by the end of it, but a great way to see our capital city from a different perspective!
- Kilimanjaro Trek – October 2019 – Paula Fraser, a director in our tax team, summited Kilimanjaro on the 11th October raising funds for both Sepsis Research and the Samaritans. A truly monumental effort!
- Tuck shop – when vending machines were removed during the year, we took the opportunity to take over as a tuck shop. We have expanded the range to include healthier snacks and breakfast options, with every penny of profit going to charity
We have also taken a keen interest in driving environmental improvements in the office, with the removal of single-use plastic cups from all staff areas and eliminating plastic bottles from our tuck shop.
All this could not be done without the dedicated group of volunteers who contribute their time over and above the day job to making such a valuable contribution! We are always looking for new recruits, and it is a great way to build your internal networks across service lines, and to have an opportunity to take key leadership roles.
By Lindsay Robertson