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Big-hearted Optionis staff raise £20,000 for charity

Date: 01/03/2019

We’re excited to announce that the Optionis Group has handed over £20,000 to two children’s charities.

The Group’s 650 staff, spread across 11 offices, rose to the fundraising challenge by taking on a series of activities to raise money – including long-distance bike treks, gruelling assault courses and fancy-dress competitions.

Megan Lincoln (Optionis) presents Shelagh Hatton (Alder Centre Manager) and Ellie Freestone (Corporate Fundraising Officer, Alder Hey) with the cheque

Optionis has split the funds evenly between Alder Hey Children’s Charity in Liverpool and Keech Hospice Care in Luton. Both charities were picked by the company’s employees, who are asked each year to decide on a charitable cause close to their hearts that all staff fundraising efforts can go towards.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity plans to use the money to help build the new premises for the Alder Centre, which offers support to bereaved families and those affected by the death of a child, whilst Keech Hospice will use the funds to support its work providing specialist care for adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

Speaking of the incredible fundraising efforts, CEO Derek Kelly said, “We are over the moon with the money we have raised this year. It is always an exciting prospect when we elect a charity at the beginning of the year, and it is fun to unite our offices for a joint cause.

“No doubt this year there was a lot of sore legs, but the end goal was to hand over the cheque to two amazing charities, and that was worth it! Alder Hey and Keech Hospice are very inspiring, and we are pleased we could fundraise such a large amount.

“We completed six fundraising days this year, and we aim to continue that momentum in 2019 with our next chosen corporate charity.”

Employees rallied together throughout the year to hit their fundraising target, which included taking part in endurance-testing Tough Mudders and a Blackpool to Warrington office to office bike ride.  Other events included the Great Optionis Bake Off, a bring your dog to work day, a Halloween party and a Christmas fancy dress competition – which included both dogs and employees!

Elinor Freestone, Corporate Account Manager for Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “We would like to say thank you to Optionis for their amazing donation which will go towards the development of the new Alder Centre; Alder Hey’s bereavement suite. The Alder Centre is funded directly through charitable donations and is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of bereavement support services, tailored to the needs of those who have suffered the loss of a child. The centre supports many families through some of their most difficult times. The support from Optionis is invaluable and will continue to help our families for years to come.”

Paul Scott, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Keech Hospice Care, said: “The staff and patients at Keech Hospice Care are extremely grateful for the support of Optionis. As a charity, we depend on around 70 per cent of the funding for our care services to come from the community for our survival. All the charity’s services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Donations like these will ensure we can keep providing all our services to our adults and children at a time they need us most.”

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