After three years of working with Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), we are delighted to announce that we have raised £15,000 for this amazing charity.
The partnership launched in March 2012 when, following a staff vote, CHAS was contacted by Pagan Osborne and notified that it was the company’s chosen charity for the next three years. From there, the partnership developed and flourished, showing how truly diverse and interactive a charity partnership can be.
CHAS Corporate and Events Fundraiser, Criona Knight, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Pagan Osborne team. They have been so supportive and have always tried to help wherever they can. At the end of a partnership it is always fantastic to look back at the different ways a company can support us and Pagan Osborne really did tick all the boxes.
“Every single penny the team have donated will go towards supporting babies, children and young people with life shortening conditions and their families across Scotland. CHAS are so grateful for all their support and hard work and we would like to say a big thank you and wish them all well for the future”.
Jennifer Lowry, Pagan Osborne’s Human Resources Manager and Leader of the company’s Make a Difference team, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in such a worthwhile and fantastic cause raising much-needed funds and awareness. Our teams throughout Edinburgh and Fife really got behind the charity and made a phenomenal effort of which we are very proud.
“Pagan Osborne is committed to giving back to our communities and doing what we can to support the causes that are important to our people. This has been a fantastic three-year partnership and we are currently in the process of selecting our next company charity.”
The Pagan Osborne team covers Edinburgh and Fife meaning most of the staff were familiar with the charity from the beginning and had heard of Rachel House hospice in Kinross (one of two hospices and a home care service that CHAS operates). The team’s motivation and enthusiasm led to a productive three years and during this time they’ve helped raise awareness of the services offered by CHAS, and of the vast numbers of children, young people and their families cared for and supported by the charity throughout Scotland.
With fundraising activities ranging from bake sales, bag packing and dress down days to providing ‘nearly new’ fabulous clothes to be sold in the CHAS retail outlets, no two fundraising efforts were ever the same. Team members from Pagan Osborne have also given up their time to volunteer wherever and whenever they have been needed and some even took on the gruelling Beat the Borders event, a multi-activity challenge which included a 40-mile road cycle followed by an 18-mile off-road hill trail and crossing the River Tweed via a zip line.
Though it has been a privilege as well as a lot of fun to support this fantastic charity, we renew our charitable partnerships every three years. Staff were invited to vote for their preferred organisation to become our next company charity and we are delighted to announce that as of the 1st April 2015 our fundraising efforts will all go towards Alzheimer Scotland. We look forward to working with them on a range of exciting new activities over the next three years.