It is a tradition at Solutions that each year we have a chosen charity. In 2017, our chosen charity was Nottingham Children’s Hospital (NCH), a local charity founded in 1903. The incredible work they provide ranges from general to specialist services for children and young people in the city, as well as offering non-clinical services such as their youth services and hospital school. Treating over 60,000 children and young people a year with illnesses such as cancer, kidney, brain and respiratory conditions, NCH aim to make their facilities as relaxed and stress-free as possible, not only for the comfort of their patients but also for the comfort of families and friends when visiting. Although it is an upsetting and distressing time for those effected, NCH provide rooms where families and friends can be with their child on the ward, with the support that they need from the staff members.
As part of our fundraising for Nottingham Children’s Hospital, we have been participating in a monthly dress down day at our offices, this took place on the last Friday of every month. On these days, we also had team members baking and selling all kinds of interesting and scrumptious cakes to help raise as much money as possible. In addition, our wonderful Head Receptionist, Amanda, hosted mini games, raffles and tombola’s to encourage our staff members to raise a large amount of money for NCH in exciting and interactive ways.
(Left – Solutions’ Head Receptionist, Amanda Willis. Middle – Solutions Marketing Manager, Bethan Wright. Right – NCH Fundraising Manager, Nick Lawford.)
A recent tradition of ours has been taking part in the Great Nott’s Bike Ride (GNBR). In June 2017 we had a team of 19 determined employees competing for the event to help raise money for our chosen charity. The team cycled a mixture of 25, 50 and 75 miles across the Nottinghamshire countryside and trained hard for the event to ensure that everyone was well prepared (although, some trained more than others). Luckily, the team successfully finished the bike ride and managed to raise a fantastic £2000 for NCH from GNBR alone. 2017 was our third year of competing in this exciting event and each year, our team grows as more people join in with the fun.
We hope our commitment and contribution to Nottingham Children’s Hospital will help the staff continue to make a huge difference to those brave children and their families, allowing them to feel as comfortable as possible within the hospital.
On Tuesday 5th December 2017, representatives from Solutions visited the children’s ward at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) Nottingham to see where our donations would be going and the huge difference it will make. We also presented a cheque of £4500.00 to the charity.
Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager said “We are so grateful to the fabulous team at Solutions For Accounting and CRM for joining together throughout 2017 to raise such a fabulous total for Nottingham Children’s Hospital. We know that having a child in hospital is one of the most stressful experiences a family will ever have to face. That’s why, in November 2016, we launched our BIG Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital, aiming to raise £4 million by 2021 to transform children’s care, improve parent and family accommodation, and research new treatments. Thanks to the passion, dedication and generosity (not to mention baking and cycling skills!) of companies like Solutions for Accounting and CRM, we know we will make this happen.”