Children’s charities recieve £18k boost from East Midlands recruitment agency

L-R: Patrick Marston (Encore) Charlotte Webster (The Sick Children's Trust) Chris Hockey (Encore) and Claire Herrick (CLIC Sargent).

East Midlands-based recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has raised £18,000 for three children’s charities.

Every year, staff from Encore, which has a head office based in Leicester as well as Nottingham and Derby, nominate charities to support which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. Last year, the team chose three vital children’s charities – The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People).

An exciting year of fundraising has seen Encore climb, cycle and bake their way to raise the much-needed funds. During the summer, employees raised £9,000 by taking on the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis which stands at a 1,345m above sea level, while others rallied together to hold regular dress down days, cake sales and sporting sweepstakes across each of the offices.

The monies raised will now be shared amongst the three charities, helping to support children and young people in different ways – The Sick Children’s Trust provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation supporting families with seriously ill children hospital, keeping them just minutes from their sick child’s hospital bedside. Cardiac Risk in the Young work to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) and CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

Chris Hockey, Director at Encore Personnel, said: “From fancy dress to reaching new heights, our staff have been dedicated and determined over the past 12 months to raise a substantial sum of money for these three vital charities.

“We saw more staff than ever before get involved and we also had a selected charity champion in each one of our nine offices in charge of organising exciting regional events. It is brilliant to see that all their hard work paid off.”

Claire Herrick, Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are so appreciative of the support from the whole team at Encore Personnel. Their fundraising will make a massive difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer and their families. We know that cancer costs – hospital parking, food, and additional travel soon adds up. £6,000 could pay for CLIC Sargent grants for over 35 families to help stop cancer costs spiralling.”

Charlotte Webster, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Sick Children’s Trust added: “The amount raised will make a big difference to many families with sick children in hospitals around the UK. It costs The Sick Children’s Trust £30 to provide a family with warm, comfortable family accommodation for one night in a ‘Homes from Home’, making it possible for families to stay close to their sick child in hospital.

“The amount raised by Encore Personnel will provide over 200 nights of accommodation and with the average stay at one of our houses being 12 nights, Encore’s fundraising efforts will have an impact on around 17 families with seriously ill children in hospital.”

Encore’s previous charities of the year have included: Help for Heroes, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The British Heart Foundation, Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Breast Cancer UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Chris added: “At Encore, we understand the importance of corporate social responsibility and giving back to the community and charities that make a significant difference to people’s lives.

“As part of this, we have always encouraged staff to put forward charities that have impacted them or a family or friend. It creates a fantastic team spirit as our staff come together with a common goal to raise as much money as possible. I can’t wait to see Encore raise even more money next year.”