Monday, March 1, 2021

East Mids firm raises £3,000 in lockdown for two local charities

Software reseller, Solutions for Accounting and CRM, has raised £3,000 for its chosen charities in 2020 – The Trussell Trust and Derek’s Tree.

National foodbank – The Trussell Trust, throughout the pandemic, between April and September, provided over 1 million emergency food parcels – nearly half a million of those going to children.

Burton-upon-Trent-based Derek’s Tree collect presents for local organisations such as Barnado’s and Homestart, who gift them to disadvantaged children in the local community.

Although the pandemic got in the way of some ambitious fundraising and volunteering plans, Solutions were still able to raise £2,500 for The Trussell Trust as well as volunteering a total of 20 hours for their local foodbank based in Arnold.

In a matter of days of working with Derek’s Tree, Solutions raised almost £500 worth of gifts and donated them to the local charity. This gave 47 children a gift to open on Christmas day.

Fundraising initiatives consisted of virtual quizzes, sponsored bike rides, and 50/50 draws. Despite the challenges that 2020 held, Solutions still managed to raise a considerable amount for both charities.

Solutions have recently announced their 2021 charity of the year as The Silver Line – the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship, and advice to the elderly.

Solutions’ Managing Director, Iain Barker, said: “As a local company, giving back to the community is a big part of our ethos. Over the past few years, we have raised thousands of pounds for our charity partners and we are thrilled to have raised a staggering £3000, particularly when 2020 was such a tough year for everyone.

“Being in the tech industry can mean we are glued to our computer screens which is why we wanted to get out and help those in our community who need it the most. Unfortunately, our volunteering efforts got interrupted but we were still able to give 20 hours of our time. Now it’s a case of looking forward, and we hope to build upon the great charity fundraising efforts last year.”

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