20 March 2017
Our employees are fundraising for Red Nose Day in fun and fantastic ways. We thought we’d send a few of them to find out a bit more about where Red Nose Day funds go. Money raised for Red Nose Day is distributed by Comic Relief to projects both in the UK and abroad. Employees visited some of the UK based projects that benefit from Comic Relief funding.
Fight for Peace UK has received a grant of £165,000 and works with disadvantaged children and young people. Its sports based programme, including martial arts, boxing and fitness training, creates opportunities that change the direction of young people’s lives.
Emily Hill said of the day, ‘We met kids of all ages who regularly visit the centre to get advice, hang out with friends and improve their chances in life. What struck me was the maturity, confidence and ambition of the kids who were in the programme, all totally committed to living a healthier, stronger and happier life.’
Employees also visited NEPACS (North Eastern Prison After Care Society). Over 9,000 children and young people in the North East of England experience stigma and emotional turmoil as a result of parents being imprisoned. They often feel abandoned, tend to do less well at school, and can be bullied. A Comic Relief grant of £103,000 allows NEPACS to support young people through group work, one-to-one support and social activities.
Chris Towner says, “It was really inspiring and emotional to see the difference the money we raise makes for the hidden victims of crime.”
We’re proud to be partners of Red Nose Day and of the ways our employees are getting involved. Tune in to the live show on the 24th March at 7pm on the BBC and to make a donation visit the Red Nose Day MyDonate page.
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