BrightHouse's Year in Charity
Posted 02/12/2015 by BrightHouse Team
Throughout the year, BrightHouse and its colleagues make a generous contribution to our chosen charities. From bake sales to family fun days, and local bike rides to national charity sporting events up and down the country, the list of the ways we raise funds is almost endless. Our official charity partner is the NSPCC, who we’ve been working with since 2010, raising over half a million pounds to date.
In April, two of our colleagues, Store Manager, Alex Buchanan, and Regional Manager, Nigel Lewis, took part in the London Marathon. They trained hard to be ready for the 26 mile course around the capital, and had an amazing day cheered on by the crowds. Ahead of the event, they managed to raise over £12,000 to help support the work of the NSPCC.
Another fearless pair were two colleagues who took to their bicycles to make an epic journey through southern France in June, tackling mountainous terrain and gruelling daily distances. Marketing duo Jack Tominey and Paul Stevens covered an amazing 350 miles during five days of cycling. During many months of training the team raised over £3,000 for the NSPCC whilst arranging sponsorship by technology supplier TIBO.
In September, a group of our IT colleagues took part in the Thames Path Challenge, raising £5,000 for the NSPCC. They were amongst 4,000 people who walked 31 miles along the Thames through London and beyond.
As a business, BrightHouse also actively supports the next generation of young athletes through our partnership with SportsAid. This charity helps the sporting stars of tomorrow reach their potential with grants for kit and travel costs. This year we are delighted to be supporting some highly talented individuals from athletics, judo and swimming.
The partnership between industry charity, The Furniture Makers Company, and BrightHouse has gone from strength to strength. 2015 saw the second year of design awards to secondary schools, with BrightHouse sponsoring two prizes at each of the 290 secondary schools selected across the UK. Each winning pupil receiving a copy of Lesley Jackson’s Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945. The project boosted awareness of the furniture and furnishing industry to design students who will be selecting their future careers in the coming years. BrightHouse colleagues really enjoy organising and taking part in charity events, and love doing their bit to help worthy causes. You can always find out the latest BrightHouse charity news on our blog, so keep an eye on it for all the fundraising events of 2016!