There are numerous things you become involved in as a trainee at Woodfines and charitable fundraising is high on the list. There are various ways to give a little help to the helpless and become involved in charity events. You can do this by way of participation, helping with the admin and checking it twice, or assisting behind the scenes to ensure that events run smoothly.
We all know that for some it’ll be lonely this Christmas so, as a firm, Woodfines have become involved in several charity fundraisers as we jingle all the way into the festive period. You may have previously seen, from Chris Northway’s blog, there is currently an accumulator challenge running to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity because Christmas is a time to come together and a time to put all differences aside.
In spirit of this festive time, all the offices are taking part in a Christmas Jumper Day in order to raise money for various charities. In addition, the Bedford office is collecting food for the Bedford Foodbank, as we spare a thought this yuletide for the deprived.
This year, Woodfines have also helped to raise awareness for Movember, for the second year running. The Movember Foundation, in case you haven’t come across it, raises money and awareness for men’s health. It is common knowledge that men, when comparing the two sexes, are less likely to talk about any health issues they have. The idea of the Foundation is to provide men with the support and courage that their troubles will be out of sight when speaking of health issues.
This year saw a slightly different group of men participating in Movember as perhaps last year’s group were once bitten and twice shy. Nevertheless, there were six rather handsome male participants growing facial hair and, contrary to the rules, some even grew beards but none were a beard that’s long and white. The trainees also helped to organise the various offices to raise money for the Foundation; there were cake sales held in every office and if you ever saw them, you would even say they glowed. Whilst the total amount raised for Movember is yet to be finalised, if it is close to last year’s contribution, it would be a considerable donation to this worthwhile cause.
When driving home for Christmas with a thousand memories of the last two months of charitable fundraising, it is a good time to reflect on each particular fundraising event and to try and think of ways to improve on this next year. Raising money is always great fun and being involved is appreciated by those who need it the most; if one more person becomes familiar with a charity and money is also raised, then it is worthwhile.
As we step into Christmas, we know that small efforts will not feed the world, but we hope that with our charitable contributions a few more will know that it is Christmas time and will hopefully hear the bells ringing out for Christmas day.
This is the last trainee blog before Christmas so from all the trainees, we hope that your days are merry and bright and we wish you all a very merry Christmas.