On Monday 9 October I was delighted to attend and support Jigsaw Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, our 2017/2018 Charity of the Year partner, along with five other members of the David Allen team, at the official opening of their sensory room and snug.
Members of our team were on hand to welcome guests on arrival, provide name badges and a complementary drink before handing over each guest to an employee of Jigsaw for a tour of the impressive facilities at the hospice, which really is an amazing space, not only for the children who need their help, but for their families too
The new sensory and snug rooms were developed from funds donated by Aviva and officially opened by Mayoress Trish Vasey. The facilities are amazing and the guests all enjoyed seeing the facilities in Jigsaw and gaining an understanding of how they help young people and make every day enjoyable and fun.
Jigsaw used the opportunity to launch their brand new fundraising campaign, challenging the community to raise £2,126.46 to fund one day of care at the children’s hospice. ‘Pay for a Day’ is a unique chance for every individual, family, company or organisation in Cumbria to make a real, immediate contribution to the care of the most vulnerable children in our community.
Our very own Practice Manager, Kerrie Allison was invited to give a short presentation to all guests to explain more about our ‘David Allen Charity of the Year’ initiative and how this has raised more than £50,000 for local charities since launching two years ago. Kerrie spoke enthusiastically about the benefits we have seen of having a charity partnership to not only the charity but also to our business and our team of employees. She ended with a passionate speech about why we selected Jigsaw as our charity partner for the next 12 months.
The evening was a tremendous success and we were proud to be able to help showcase Jigsaw and its team members.
As a local business, if all we do is be an advocate of such a worthwhile cause and raise awareness of the work being delivered, then that can only be a wonderful thing. We have already built a fantastic relationship with the Jigsaw team and look forward to working with Chris, Natalie, Katrina and everyone else over the next 12 months to support and promote Jigsaw and showcase the important work they deliver for children with life limiting illnesses across Cumbria.
To learn more abut our David Allen Charity of the Year initiative visit www.david-allen.co.uk/community/