In its 2013/2014 charity year, Gateley’s Nottingham office has managed to raise more donations for its nominated charity, Maggie’s, than in any previous year thanks to a sterling fund raising effort by its members.
As well as the usual dress down days, bake sales and raffles, the team became more creative with fundraising. This ranged from office quizzes based on facts about members of staff (including the popular ‘Would I lie to you’ round) to regular sweepstakes covering Wimbledon and the royal baby. Certain individuals went above and beyond to support the cause with a senior associate completing a sponsored 10km run and a team of ladies completing the Robin Hood Half Marathon corporate relay, raising more than £500 for that single event.
The Nottingham office has close ties with Maggie’s through its corporate director, Rob Metcalfe, who has previously served on the charity’s board of directors and played a key role in setting up its Nottingham branch.
Maggie’s aim is to provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their relatives and friends. Several members of the office had the opportunity to visit the local Maggie’s centre at Nottingham City Hospital. The team was impressed by how the tailor-made building offers intimate rooms and open spaces to support Maggie’s therapeutic programmes.
Laura Grant, Maggie’s Centre fundraising manager was delighted to welcome some of the team into the centre. Laura explained that it receives no statutory funding and is ran through the hard work that fundraising organisations and individuals offer. The money raised will go towards being able to deliver the programme of support to people across Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas.
In addition to the official office charity, Gateley’s Nottingham team regularly gets involved in other local fundraising events, including the biannual Great Daffodil Appeal in aid of Marie Curie which members of the firm have supported for the past few years. Another highlight was when two of the members of the Nottingham office completed the Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge in Scotland last year.
The Nottingham office has nominated the Nottingham Hospitals Charity as its 2014/2015 charity and is hoping to repeat the fundraising success.