At Sutherland Independent, we recognise the role we can play in ‘giving back’, even as a small team. That’s why social responsibility is such a big part of our agenda.
In previous years we’ve sponsored charity events for Barnardo’s Scotland and donated to Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids appeal. This year we provided headline sponsorship for the Make 2nds Count Ball, which raised £50,000 for cancer research.
But there’s more to charitable giving than donating money
So each year we look at exploring ways we can partner with a charity in a more active way. This also gives us an opportunity to get together as a team and helps to promote a real sense of corporate and social responsibility within the firm.
In August 2018 we collectively left the office for a day to help out at The Cyrennians Farm in Kirknewton, a working farm and also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with experience of homelessness.
This was a challenging day of digging, weeding and tidying up an overgrown garden that hadn’t been touched for years. But it was incredibly rewarding to see what we could achieve together in just a day.
This year the team nominated Marie Curie as our charity partner, and we decided to offer another day of practical support.
More hands on deck
The hospice in Edinburgh only has a small team of gardeners and desperately needs help from larger groups for bigger jobs. Our task was to tidy the gardens – removing rubble and clearing leaves and stones to make them visually appealing.
We also repainted the neglected outdoor furniture and a summer house.
The whole team attended, which meant that 14 of us managed to get through a number of tasks. We developed new skills we never realised we had, but we also loved being able to work together as a team.
Diane McKenzie, Senior Financial Planning Administrator, says “We all got on so well. No one needed to be told what to and everyone was really supportive of each other. It was lovely to see.”
It also gave us a real insight into the work that Marie Curie does. Last year, their services helped over 50,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families and spent £142 million on caring services, research and campaigning.
We’d like to continue to support charities who are helping to build happier and healthier communities. That’s why we’re now exploring the possibility of sponsoring a Marie Curie nurse.
This would help to ensure that more people benefit from the valuable care that Marie Curie provide to people living with a terminal illness.
If you’d like to donate to Marie Curie please follow this link: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate
Or to find out more about how you can volunteer, take a look at this page: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved