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16.12.2020

APR Charity Day 2020

Since its inception in 2016, the annual APR charity day has grown in size each year. Originally devised by APR’s James Robinson, the idea is to provide staff with an effective way to donate money whilst going about their normal day at work. Staff donate half their day’s pay and APR partners increase this further so that the donation matches the amount billed to our client for that staff member on the day.

This year has continued the trend, with a whopping £16,857 donated, through 38 staff members (over half of our employees) working half a day for free, the three partners’ contributions and seven contractors with matched donations.  This made it our biggest year yet in terms of both participation and money raised, and takes the total raised to date under the initiative well beyond £50,000.

Our charities this year were chosen by staff members to support causes close to our hearts:

Crisis UK nominated by Doreen Legge

Crisis is the UK national charity for homeless people. The charity offers year-round education, employment, housing and well-being services from centres in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Edinburgh and Merseyside, called Crisis Skylight Centres.

Papyrus nominated by Richard Collins

Papyrus is the national charity for prevention of young suicide.  As well as being a cause close to my heart due to past personal experiences, I think particularly important given the Covid situation and its impact on mental health.

MS Society nominated by Carianne Wilson

This is a charity that my mum has often gone to when she needs help or advice regarding her condition.

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is the UK’s leading MS charity. Since 1953, we’ve been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change. We fund research, give grants, campaign, provide information and support, invest in MS specialists and lend a listening ear to those who need it.

Royal Society for Blind Children nominated by Mohassin Shah

The Royal Society for Blind Children has events which allow blind children to play together and helps to try and educate on the difficulties that blind children can specifically have. It also helps parents with how to best cope and work with their kids.

Mind

Mind nominated by Rhianna Hutchins

We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

We thank all our participating staff, partners and contractors for their donations, and of course we thank our nominated charities for all the incredible work they do.

 

Imelda Barnes

December 2020

Imelda Barnes