Solomons has a long and proud history of supporting the communities in which we’re based. Since 2016 we’ve supported scores of local charities nominated each quarter by our team members, making donations that represent 25% of our overall £40,000 direct cash investment and in-kind contributions ranging from volunteering to clothing, food and crafts.
And that’s on top of what our people do in their own time to support good causes including The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Walking with the Wounded.
It’s fair to say we’re a kind hearted bunch, so in 2023 we're building on that and doing things a little differently!
Instead of making direct donations as a company, our regional teams have picked up the baton and partnered with a worthy local charity to raise funds for their vital community work.
North West Team
Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – delivers patient support, life-saving research and innovation in care at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Merseyside
West House – a leading local disability support and care provider helping individuals to lead a well-rounded and full life.
North East Team
Zoe's Place Trust (Middlesbrough) – a home from home providing palliative, specialist respite and end of life care for babies/infants who have life limiting and life threatening conditions.
Each team has a target to raise at least £2,500 for their chosen charity by taking part in and organising fundraising challenges and activities.
So far these have included more relaxed activities including dress down days, ten pin bowling competitions, knitted Easter Bunnies and kind donations from clients and colleagues made at our offices. But in the next few months things will get a lot more physical!
Our Cumbria Team members will be rolling up their sleeves to take part in a variety of demanding running and walking challenges at the Grasmere Gallop, June 3-4, and the North West Team will be doing up their laces for the Run Media City (June 29). Meanwhile, the North East Team will be heading for the hills to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on June 17, before putting their best foot at the Durham City 10k on July 14 – part of the Durham City Run Festival.
In the spirit of entrepreneurship our teams have access to seed funding from the business to kickstart their fundraising strategies - pitching for funds to prove they can achieve a minimum 1:2 multiplier for each pound of seed funding granted. Solomons is also offering additional donations for the top fundraising regional team and individual.
Dawn Powell has led on setting up Solomons’ new fundraising approach and works closely with the regional teams to support their efforts.
“This new approach to giving back has proven to be a big hit,” she says.
“Our teams have swung into action by building relationships with charities that are close to their hearts and homes. And their competitive streaks are starting to emerge as their fundraising efforts ramp up!
“We understand that times are tough at the moment, so any donations are hugely appreciated. For our teams, it’s about raising as much as possible for their partner charity while at the same time having some fun.”
For more information on what each of our teams are up to and to make a donation, visit their Just Giving pages at:
North West Team
North East Team
And keep an eye out on our social media accounts for updates on their efforts as the year progresses.