Our Charity of the Year
As a well-known, reputable employer across Cumbria, we recognise the importance of supporting the local community in which we live and work. As a business we receive hundreds of requests for sponsorship and donations from many individuals, charities, and organisations, most of which are very deserving.
However, as our resources are limited we are unfortunately not able to assist every good cause. For this reason we have chosen to focus our efforts on one Charity of the Year.
Our 2023 partners are Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland and Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project.
Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland provides high quality support for adults, within our local community, who have palliative and end of life care needs. Their core and largest service is its nursing team which consists of Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants who are skilled in providing nursing care and support in the last year of life and at the end of life.
Care and support is individualised and aims to improve quality of life, facilitate a peaceful and dignified death and to support those who are bereaved. Their clinical service area covers a mixture of urban and rural communities, a region of approximately 1, 500 square miles throughout North and East Cumbria.
Watch the below thank you from Debbie Mckenna, Chief Executive Officer Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland
Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project work to support and enrich the lives of young people, aged 8 to 18, across Dumfries and Galloway through Befriending.
The Project offers young people experiencing challenges at home, school or in the community, the opportunity of extra support and regular positive adult attention.
Having a befriender can help the young person tackle difficulties before they get too big, introduce them to new activities and help them be the best they can be. The young people benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of their befrienders and gain confidence from forming a positive relationship with a supportive adult.
We are absolutely delighted to name these two Charities as our 2023 Charity of the Year and look forward to raising funds for these worthwhile causes.
Charity of the Year
We hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year such as bake days, quiz nights and treasure hunts, and all of the funds raised go to our Charity of the Year.
We choose our Charity of the Year in December each year with our ‘charity year’ running from January to December.
If you would like to be considered as our next Charity of the Year please submit a short written application (no more than 300 words) in support of your charity and send it to email@example.com or by post to:
Charity of the Year
Barras Lane Estate
Sponsorship and donation requests
Requests for sponsorship, donations or raffle prizes should be made by completing our request form. Please note that the majority of our fundraising is focused on our Charity of the Year which dramatically reduces the level of help we are able to give to other good causes.
Please return your completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Barras Lane Estate
Give a day to charity
All employees of David Allen who wish to take part in voluntary, community, or charitable work are encouraged to do so. In support of this initiative, each employee of the firm is granted one day per year, paid leave in order to get involved in a community or charity day.
This is a great way to support good causes and offers an opportunity for our colleagues to work together within their local community, on activities that directly benefit our local area.
Cumbria Community Foundation
If your application is unsuccessful then head over to the Cumbria Community Foundation website.
David Allen contributes to the Cumbria Community Foundation each year. This worthwhile local cause looks to support people and organisations wishing to invest in the local community. The Cumbria Community Foundation is an independent local charity and you could be just what they are looking for!
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means that we take responsibility for the outcome of our activities on the environment, society and the economy, having a positive impact in all that we do. Our business has been built on basic principles of trust, loyalty and commitment to our clients. We apply these same principles in all our dealings with our clients, our people and other third parties. We believe that the consistent application of those principles has formed the basis of long-term relationships in the course of conducting our business.
We aim to exceed our clients’ expectations providing a first class, efficient, caring and continuing professional service. We’re proud to say that 99% of our clients would rate their main point of contact as excellent.
We support our local community wherever we can and our ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative has raised more than £60,000 for local charities since 2015. We understand that the talent and energy within our people can contribute to the kind of society we all want to live in. Our ‘give a day’ policy offers our people one days paid leave each year to get involved in a community or charity day. This is a great way to support valuable causes and offers our people the opportunity to work together within their local communities, on activities that benefit our local area. Individuals are free to choose the focus of their voluntary work whether it be environmental responsibility or charity fundraising. All of our people are encouraged to take up community roles, whether as trustees of local charities, school governors or as committed volunteers.
Our business recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. We expect all our people to promote an environmentally-aware culture and help us to meet the targets we set to improve our environmental performance. To achieve this, we actively promote environmental awareness amongst our people and have daily practices in place to encourage positive behaviour to achieve a greener culture and reduce our carbon footprint. This includes reducing our use of paper and recycling more, using greener forms of transport where possible, through the cycle to work scheme or car sharing, using energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting and efficient heating.
We want to be a responsible business that meets the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and as such we will conduct every aspect of our business with honesty, integrity and openness, respecting the interests of our people, our clients and third parties.