Wednesday 6 Jan 2016 11:00

Giving something back - January 2016

A round-up of the month's inspiring stories of businesses giving something back...

Xeretec golf day

Xeretec Scotland's charity golf day

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West Midlands



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Newcastle Italian restaurant Fratello’s made a special delivery to The People’s Kitchen in December, helping the charity to support disadvantaged adults in the area with much-needed food provisions.

The restaurant delivered pizzas to the charity kitchen for its users, referred to as friends, to enjoy as part of its Fratello’s Cares initiative, working with the surrounding local communities in which it is based. The initiative will continue throughout 2016. 
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Newcastle-based tea and coffee company Ringtons brought a smile to the faces of patients in two of the city’s hospitals over the festive season thanks to a generous charitable donation.
Over 200 gifts were donated by the local company for children and adults who spent Christmas day in the wards of the Freeman Hospital.  In addition, the team at Ringtons’ Barrington sales office donated their own £170 lottery syndicate winnings towards 50 more gifts donated to the Great North Children’s Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) hospital.

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Managed print services provider, Xeretec Scotland, has raised more than £10,000 by carrying out a range of projects and fundraising events in aid of a selection of charities throughout 2015.

The firm, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness and Elgin, took part in a number of fundraising activities throughout the year for various charities, including Cancer Support Scotland, The Mungo Foundation and Carer’s of West Dunbartonshire.

For the second year running, the firm played host to a golf day and dinner in aid of the three charities. The tournament at East Renfrewshire Golf Club was followed by a raffle and prize auction during dinner, resulting in a total of £5077 being raised for worthy causes.

Xeretec then doubled this amount through various fundraising events, donating rounds of golf at Castle Stuart, a prestigious golf course on the banks of Moray Firth in Inverness, raising an additional £5000 for charity.

Employees at the firm have also rolled up their sleeves in 2015 to help paint a retirement home on behalf of the Mungo Foundation, a Glasgow charity with a range of community-based care and support services to people with learning difficulties.

John Sheran, managing director of Xeretec Scotland, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored, donated and participated in our fundraising activities and community projects for these worthwhile causes. 2015 was a really good year, with all employees getting involved one way or another, and I hope we can achieve even more this year.” 


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Helmsdale & District Development Trust (HDDT) has claimed a prestigious SURF Award for Best Practice in Community Regeneration for providing an innovative solution to address physical, social and economic problems in communities across Scotland.

The community group successfully created four new family homes in an economically fragile and remote Highland village to help address depopulation and decline.

Helmsdale & District Development Trust, said: “This prestigious award is recognition for all of the hard work by the community and their tenacity over the years. The homes are 100% owned by and for the community, operating a special lettings policy. We were delighted to be nominated at the outset, and even more delighted to accept this award on behalf of the community.”

The project was supported by Triodos Bank, which only finances loan customers creating social, environmental or cultural added value. The project was the first community led development trust to develop affordable housing in the local village for more than 35 years. 


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Leading Midlands law firm Sydney Mitchell raised over £7000 in 2015, presenting cheques to the Maria Watt Foundation and the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity at a networking event last month. 

The funds were raised from the firm's annual ball, charity quiz, Shirley Fun Run, cake bakes, dress down days and various other fundraising activities.

Div Singh, Senior Partner, Sydney Mitchell on presenting the cheques commented:
“It is very important to support charities and help where we can; our staff, clients and professional contacts have supported us again in our activities over the year.

“Both of our charities do excellent work in the community, helping save lives. We are very proud to be able to support them all we can.”

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Hundreds of the North’s leading financiers are to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when the Yorkshire Asset Based Lending Charity Dinner returns on Thursday, April 14 in Leeds.

Returning for a fifth time, the annual event has raised tens of thousands of pounds for for various charities over the past four years, with last year's event attracting 600 guests.

Chris Silverwood, partner at Ethos Corporate Finance and founder of the event, said: “The asset based lending community is one of the great business success stories in Yorkshire and the North of England and while they know how to enjoy themselves, they also want to put something back by supporting great charities from the region.

“We are delighted the YABL Dinner is returning for a fifth time and we aim to make sure it is bigger and better than ever, giving the finance community the chance to get together, network and raise much needed funds for great causes.”