Putting something back
Charity doesn’t always have to begin at home, says GRAHAM KNIGHTS
THERE ARE many calls on your hard-earned income these days with an ever-increasing number of well-deserving charities in need of a helping hand. Rogers & Norton have, for many years, made a real commitment to try to help in a small way by arranging various fundraising events with the invaluable help of many companies and individuals alike.
Over a period of time we have helped Macmillan Cancer Support by arranging an annual golf day where we have raised money for this deserving charity involving our clients, contacts and local companies.
During that time we have raised in excess of £100,000 to combat cancer which seems to sadly affect more and more people. Last year was the 18th that we have hosted this event and over 100 golfers played on the day at Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club, after which they enjoyed a three-course dinner and the usual auction, raffle and prize-giving.
The event was superbly supported by the golf club, where all the staff bought into the event, and Barclays Bank. The bank staff offered their charitable pound-for-pound matching service which raised a further £3,000 on the day.
In addition, a rare bottle of single malt whisky was donated by Michael Grant, chairman of Glenfarclas whisky distillery in Scotland, which was raffled for a further £1,000.
A total of £12,750 was donated to Macmillan to help those less fortunate than ourselves and this money will be spent helping cancer sufferers in Norfolk.
We have also taken children to the panto at Norwich Theatre Royal each year rather than send corporate Christmas cards and this year it was the turn of families from EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) to enjoy an evening out.
They were treated to a tea party before the panto where they had the opportunity to meet the cast of the show before enjoying a really good panto with staff from the charity and Rogers & Norton.
Special thanks must be given to the cast of the panto, the theatre for their invaluable assistance and to the Leeds Building Society and HR GO Recruitment for their donations of gifts for the children.
So it is perhaps not always true to say that charity should begin at home when there are so many opportunities available to help to bring a smile to those people who are going through a difficult time in their lives, especially children.
Rogers & Norton are delighted and proud to be able to continue to support these, and other charities and hopefully to make a real difference.
We have also taken children to the panto at Norwich Theatre Royal each year rather than send corporate Christmas cards