Just before Christmas we decided that instead of sending our clients unwanted gifts for Christmas, we would instead make a donation to two charities and ask our clients to decide. Last month we published an interactive blog post, asking our clients to vote on their preferred charities. The two winning charities were Cancer Research & the NSPCC. Both charities received 26% of the vote, and pipped Help for Heroes to the post by 1 vote.
We were delighted with the support shown by our clients in this. All the charities we chose do fantastic work and it was just a shame there could only be two winners.
This afternoon Ian and I went along to our local Cancer Research Shop to present them with their cheque for £100. One in 3 of us will get Cancer at some point in our lives, but thanks to the hard work done by Cancer Research, survival rates have doubled in their 40 year history. I think these statistics reinforce the need for us all to get behind this charity. Last year alone they spent £334 million on research alone; this was 80% of their income.
The other winner of the poll, the NSPCC do not have a local shop, so we have made a donation online for them. I think it is only fair that I mention some of the hard work they do, and the easiest way to do this is to give you some of the statistics about the severity of their constant battle to protect children.
- 7% of children experienced serious physical abuse at the hands of their parents or carers during childhood.
- 6% of children experienced serious absence of care at home during childhood.
- 6% of children experienced frequent and severe emotional maltreatment during childhood
I am sure you would all agree that ALL the charities we nominated do a fantastic job and we would just like to say “Keep up the good work guys.”
If you would like to make a donation to either of our chosen charities you can do so by following the links below: