How we raise money for charity?
It’s simple, for every deal that goes live during May to April, we put one pound into the charity pot. We wanted to be able to use our growth and success as a business to benefit those who truly needed the funds and with the help of all our Appointed Representatives we raised an enormous amount of money, making this a charity success.
We ask all of our Appointed Representatives to complete a nomination form. They have to choose a charity close to their heart, or one they feel passionate about and put it forward to the directors. Once all of the nominations forms are received the directors have an extremely tough decision to pick the three charities that AFS (UK) Ltd would be supporting. All of our Appointed Representatives and staff then have the opportunity to vote for each charity with each vote counting as a percentage of the total.
A whopping £10,701 has been raised for charity. We could not have reached this astounding amount without the help of all our network of Appointed Representatives. A massive thank you to everyone involved!
Prostate Cancer UK – £7,036
The idea of supporting prostate Cancer UK was submitted by our franchisee Susan Cooper. Many men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier in their lives than ever before. 1/8 men will now be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, with ethnicity and family history also being pivotal in diagnoses. Unfortunately, localised prostate cancer shows very few symptoms. Therefore, it is important that we understand the risks and increase awareness wherever possible.
For more information visit: https://prostatecanceruk.org/
MND Association – £2,140
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Motor Neurone Disease. However, thanks to charities such as the MND Association, those inflicted are able to manage their symptoms and live the best quality of life possible.
The proposal for supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association was submitted by one of our sales directors, Lee Simms. Lee has had first-hand experience with the devastating effects of MND, with the disease affecting one of his close family members.
For more information visit: https://www.mndassociation.org/
Doncaster Deaf Trust – £1,498
The Proposal for supporting the Doncaster Deaf Trust came from our franchisees Chris Mangle, David Catling and Martin Taylor. This amazing local charity supports hundreds of pupils with auditory impairments across the country. Its primary purpose has been the same since its launch in 1829: Provide specialist intervention at the earliest possible opportunity and equip young people with the skills needed to thrive in employment.
Despite being the smallest charity on our roster, the effect the DDT have on deaf communities is profound. From ages 3 months – 18 years, children are offered the opportunity to attend a specialist school funded by the trust, use their sensory gardens and gain crucial advice on surviving with an auditory impairment.
For more information visit: https://www.deaf-trust.co.uk/
We proudly fundraised for SANDS (Stillborn and neonatal death charity), Alzheimer’s Society and British Heart foundation. A huge thank you to Wesleyan Bank for generously kickstarting our fundraising by donating £2,500. We also raised £450 from our Annual Golf day. Therefore, we already had £2,950 in the pot before we even began!
SANDS (Stillborn and neonatal death charity) received £4047.52
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. “We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives”.
Alzheimer’s Society recieved £2,851.66
“We are the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention. We’ve committed to spending £150 million on cutting-edge research over the next decade. Every project we fund directly addresses the needs and concerns of people affected by dementia.”
British Heart Foundation recieved £2.299.72
“Our vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. We raise money to research cures and treatments, so we can beat heartbreak forever.”
Total raised £9,198.90!
FOR 2020/2021, WE DECIDED TO DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING 3 DIFFERENT CHARITIES, WE CHOOSE TO SUPPORT NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER.
In response to the recent outbreak, our NHS has been stronger than ever. Millions of people working for the NHS have been putting their lives at risk every day, all for the sake of others.
Now it’s our turn to say ‘thank you’ to the NHS. For every deal our brokers complete, Asset Finance Solutions (UK) Ltd will donate £1 to NHS Charities Together.
There are more than 230 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.
These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.
The NHS Charities Together VISION is to:
‘Inspire NHS Charities to become the Nation’s biggest independent supporter of Health and Well-being’
And their STRATEGY is:
- To be the number one source of support and development for NHS charities, promoting charity best practice, fostering mutual support and discussing matters of mutual interest
- To be the authoritative voice for NHS charities to represent members’ views to key stakeholders and where possible to collaborate with them in pursuit of NHS Charities Together’s vision
- To promote the profile of NHS charities nationally
- To ensure NHS Charities Together is a financially sustainable organisation that develops its staff, ensuring it has the right skills and resources to achieve its 5 year strategy
- To demonstrate the impact of NHS Charities Together and of our members
We would like to thank everyone who works for the NHS, you are all doing an incredible job!
In total, we raised £6634!
This year we have raised a running total of £13,238 for our chosen three charities; Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Darwen Food Share and Little LifeSavers. This means each charity will receive £4,412.67 each!
Without the assistance of our network of Appointed Representatives, we could not have reached this amazing amount. a huge thank you to everyone who participated!
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – Support children and young adults who have life-limiting conditions, they provide respite care both at home and at the hospice for not only the patient but also for the whole family.
The running costs of the hospice are in the region of £4 million per year, with just 15% coming from the government so they are heavily reliant on donations and fundraising.
Darwen food share – Darwen Food Share is a charity that offers a hot meal, support and friendship to vulnerable adults at St Peter’s Church, Darwen every Monday evening. Food is donated from local people, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets. They also give out food parcels with meat, fruit and vegetable vouchers at intervals during the year.
The running costs of Darwen food share is £4,000 per year, all raised from generous donors.
Little LifeSavers – Providing Basic Life Support Education and Training to Schoolchildren aged 9 – 18 years throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The charitable Organisation is consistent of volunteers including doctors teaching in-school CPR and basic life support skills training including management of choking children/ Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Adult CPR and the Recovery Position. The emphasis of the training is on rescuer safety, calling for help effectively and taking the first action that could save the casualty’s life.