Sunday, June 7, 2020

Oakbrook Finance doubles staff donation to Nottingham charity Framework

A Nottingham-based finance business has doubled the money that its staff raised to support the work done by a charity which helps vulnerable and homeless people across the city.

Employees at Oakbrook Finance raised £2800 by holding a series of fundraising activities, which ranged from running the Nottingham half-marathon to holding weekly samosa sales.

Oakbrook’s management was so impressed by the commitment staff showed to helping Framework that they decided to match the amount raised when the cheque was handed over – boosting the total to £5600.

The decision to raise money for Framework was taken by all of Oakbrook’s staff, who are based at Accelerate Places on Wollaton Street in the city. They wanted to support a local organisation which did a vital job but needed more support.

Team member Matt Glover explained: “We all felt that it was a good thing for us as individuals and Oakbrook as a business to put something back into the city we’re part of. We looked at a number of organisations and Framework was our choice in a staff vote.

“There is a visible need for what Framework does and we decided to hold a series of fundraising events so that we can help them continue their work. We will do the same again this year for another charity.”

Sarah Marriott, Chief People Officer at Oakbrook, said: “Framework does an incredibly important job supporting people in Nottingham who are facing tough challenges in their life – not just by helping them to meet those challenges, but by offering specialist support which can help them face the future.

“Both as individuals and as a team, our staff showed real commitment to the cause and had great fun doing it. Matching the money they raised was the right thing for us do as a business because it’s right to give something back to a community which we’re proud to work in.”

Framework delivers housing, health, employment support and care services. Nearly 17,000 individuals asked the charity for support last year – a 42% increase on the previous year.

It assisted 2,610 people seeking housing-related help, supported 3,372 people who needed drug and alcohol-related support, and helped 1,524 people into education, training, employment and volunteering.

Amy Longstaff, Partnerships Officer at Framework, added: “We’re delighted that Oakbrook Finance chose to match their employees’ fundraising. Their staff have been a great support to Framework, and the fact that the company has matched their support means we can help even more people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

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