HR consultancy raises £3,000 for children's hospice

23 January 2019

Basingstoke-based human resourcing firm Reality HR has participated in a raft of fundraising activities in support of two local children’s hospices. The firm managed to raise some £3,000 for Naomi House and Jacksplace over the course of 2018.

Also known as The Wessex Children's Hospice Trust, Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices for children and young people in the region. The hospices – which are located at Sutton Scotney, near Winchester, Hampshire – provide palliative care to children, young people and their families in communities across seven counties: Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire.

The organisation was recently part of a push for extra funding, led by the Together for Short Lives organisation, which brings together charities like Naomi House and Jacksplace with others like them. Their #fundnotfail campaign called for a boost in Government support for children's hospices, to make it equal with the amount of funding given to adult hospices. It eventually yielded an increase in funding from £11 million up to £25 million over five years, meaning care for seriously ill and life limited young people can be stepped up.

HR consultancy raises £3,000 for children's hospice

Also lending a hand to the hospice groups’ call for funding was Basingstoke-headquartered consulting firm Reality HR, which spent 2018 digging deep to support children who have life-limiting illnesses. As part of the consultants’ fundraising drive, employees organised a charity fashion evening where unused clothes were sold to raise funds and other initiatives included a World Cup sweepstake, a quiz night and a children’s raffle. The team also braved the winter weather to do a charity bucket collection outside a London Irish rugby match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

All-in-all, throughout the year the firm managed to collect more than £3,000 in support of the hospice, which cares for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All the funds collected by the HR firm will now be put toward the hospices, which provide expert care to more than 500 children.

Commenting on the firm’s efforts to the Basingstoke Gazette, Sally-Ann Hall-Jones, Chief Executive of Reality HR, said, “We have many working mums at Reality HR, so helping this children’s charity has been particularly close to our hearts. We have all thoroughly enjoyed raising money to support such a worthy cause and we hope our donation will help families across the region.”

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Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

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