In 2016 MRIB launched its very own charity committee, with a specific focus of raising as much awareness and money for one charity each year. The charity would be voted for by MRIB employees, chosen from a list of different national and local charities that employees themselves nominate.
The MRIB Charity Committee is run by a team of hard working and selfless employees. Headed up by Debbie Mayne and Clare Ruddock, they are supported by Laura Chown, Hasena Zeb, Lisa Ball and Anindita Goswami, and encourage the whole company to get involved in the various fundraising events held throughout the year.
The charity of choice for 2017 is the Alzheimer’s Society. They are the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. At Alzheimer’s Society, they believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. They are here for anyone affected by dementia, and they do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
This year will see the MRIB take part in a number of internal and external events, including a “Colour Obstacle Rush”, which should be fun!
The charity of choice for 2016 was Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice. This charity was founded in 2007 with the aim of providing a dedicated Children’s Hospice Service to provide valuable support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions – and their families – throughout the area. The Charity funds Alexander’s Nurses who support families across Berkshire in their own homes, providing much needed respite, palliative care, emotional and practical support.
The year saw MRIB partake in a number of fundraising activities, including a ‘Bake-Off’, quiz night and a group of 15 employees undertaking “Trekfest” which involved a 25km walk over the Brecon Beacons.
In total the MRIB Charity Committee raised over £6,000 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, something we’re all very proud of but still a small drop in the ocean of funding they still require.
MRIB supported 1st Wooburn Scout Group in their “Floor for All!” community fundraising project, and we were delighted that our joint application was awarded a £5,000 prize by insurance giant Aviva .
With a broker prize fund of almost £200,000, and a total of over 4 million votes cast, the competition between projects was really tough.
This will make a massive difference to so many families and their children in the local area, so thank you again for your support and votes.