Members of staff vote annually to select a charity of the year, which will be the focus of our funding activity. At this point the CSR team set to work brainstorming new ideas to raise funds as well as social awareness for the chosen charity. The team organise various fundraising events during the course of the year, encouraging all staff to participate and enjoy the process. Since 2012 , over £80,000 has been raised by our dedicated staff for our selected charities by taking part in events such as British 10k runs, London to Brighton cycling events, Triathlons, fun quiz nights, Golf days and dress down days.
Porchlight was selected by staff for the 2015 Charity of the Year. Porchlight is the Kent based charity providing support for vulnerable and homeless people in Kent and Croydon. We were again successful in raising over £10,000 to enable Porchlight to continue their vital work.
In 2016 and 2017 we adopted two smaller charities, Slideaway and Echo as there was considerable support amongst the staff for both organisations. We also worked closely with them offering volunteers as well as funds.
In 2018 we supported The Stroke Association. We did a wide range of activities to raise money for Stroke Association including taking part in the Dragon Boat Race. A short video can be seen below.
In 2019 and 2020 we supported the Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation which helps local charities in and around Kent.
In 2021 and 2022 staff decided to support two charities. The first is Mid Kent MIND and the second is South East Dog Rescue.
In 2023 we decided to support Chalkdown – Riding for the disabled association.
If you would like to be considered for our charity of the year, please send your application to Amanda Adie in August/September to be considered for the following year.