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18.01.2024

APR Charity Day 2023

APR has been running our annual Charity Day for the last eight years, with 2023 bringing the added celebration that our total cumulative contributions from our Charity Days now exceeds £100,000!

It feels great that a company of our size can make such a significant contribution, and to positively impact the lives of communities and individuals as a result, so a huge thank you to anyone that has ever taken part in an APR Charity Day!

This is an annual event where staff are able to nominate charities they would like to support; these nominations are then voted on to determine the charities we all support for the annual event. On the day itself, instead of staff earning their usual salaries, they donate a portion of their day’s pay to the chosen charities with APR partners contributing twice the sacrificed amount, so staff could focus on what they do so well – their job!

This year we had 56 members of staff take part including APR partners, who helped raise a phenomenal donation amount of £18,272.46 (after Gift Aid on the APR partner donations). This is such a significant amount for such well-deserving charities, which will allow them to carry on doing their stellar work.

 

Our 2023 charities were as follows:

Aware Ireland- £1,901.05 raised

Nominated by the Dublin office

“An Irish charity founded in 1985 by Dr. Patrick McKeon. Their aim is to provide free support, education and information services to people impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and related mood conditions. Services offered include Support & Self Care Groups, a Support Line and a Support Mail system all allowing them to reach as many people as possible suffering from mood conditions in Ireland alongside assisting friends and family members with loved ones diagnosis.”

Human Appeal- £5,703.29 raised

Nominated by Oz Khan

“Human Appeal does charity work for a range of causes including healthcare, child welfare and orphan sponsorships, providing food security as well as education packs. They have completed projects in 25 countries globally, the most recent and urgent projects include giving aid for the recent storm which hit Libya, which caused the death of 11,000 with another 10,000 left unaccounted for; the humanitarian crisis in Palestine where there are currently 2.1 million civilians homeless, without food, water, or fuel. Since October 7th, over 13,500 innocent Palestinians have been injured, and the death toll is over 5,000 with 70% of these being children, women, and the elderly. Additionally, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has devastated Morocco with a death toll of almost 3,000 with over 5,500 injured, and millions more affected.”

Mind- £5,334.06 raised

Nominated by Julian Hitchcock

“We change minds across England and Wales by making mental health an everyday priority. By standing up to the injustices – in healthcare, in work, in law – which make life harder for those of us with mental health problems. We support minds – by offering help whenever you might need it through our information, advice and local services. And we connect minds. Bringing together an unstoppable network of individuals and communities – people who care about mental health to make a difference.”

Red Cross Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory Appeal- £5,334.06 raised

Nominated by Gary Heslop

“The continuing human misery in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank is devastating, and people desperately need our help. Since Saturday 7 October, the UN has reported that more than 10,000 people, including children, have been killed in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, with 29,000 more injured. At least 239 people have reportedly been taken as hostages from southern Israel. And 1.4 million people have been displaced from their homes in the Gaza Strip, leaving them with nowhere to go and seeking shelter in hospitals. Our teams on the ground have visited these hospitals in northern Gaza, seeing death, destruction and displacement on a staggering level. As they provide medical care, shelter and essentials, they’re feeling the walls of buildings shake from explosions – risking their safety to get vital aid to people living through this day after day.”

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.

 

Jennifer Claybourn

January 2024