As we welcome a new year, I wanted to reflect on the significant impact our colleagues have had in their communities during 2023. Their dedication and generosity have been inspiring, and I’m delighted to share some of their achievements.
Last year, we set the ambitious goal of reaching £10,000 in charitable donations, and I'm delighted to announce that we exceeded this target. From charity abseils to hill climbing and marathons, colleagues across the business have taken on impressive physical challenges to raise money. Our contribution of £7,193 to our charity partner, Alzheimer's Society, was just the beginning. We extended our support to several other vital causes, raising an additional £9,686.
This support included donations to Tommy's, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Shelter Cymru, Kaleidoscope, MS Society, Blood Cancer UK, and Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. Altogether, our total donations reached an impressive £16,879 – a testament to our commitment to making a positive social impact.
Volunteering our time is just as important as our donations. In 2023, we collectively volunteered for 92 days. One memorable project was our involvement in the local food bank, where our team's efforts helped provide essential supplies to hundreds of families. Engaging directly with our community in this way has had a real and lasting impact. Other days included dog walking, painting and decorating, community garden clean ups and much more.
We aim to make an even greater contribution to our communities in 2024. Here's to a year filled with hope, collaboration, and helping to make a lasting difference.