The Cambridge Building Society announce their 2018 community partnership programme

22 November 2017 • Community

The Cambridge Building Society is pleased to announce the 2018 charities for their Community Partnership Programme.

Our partners are;

 

These charities all have live projects in need of funding in our regional heartland and monies raised will be supporting these activities.  These include projects such as supporting The Acorn and Chestnut Houses at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for The Sick Children’s Trust, The Teenage Cancer Trust C9 Unit and The Oasis Centre at Addenbrooke’s, The Wintercomfort hostel at Overstream House and the Hospice at Home programme with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. 

Teams in The Cambridge Head Office and across all of the 13 branches voted to decide on the 4 partners, each of which will have a focused 3 month fundraising spotlight on them with the first starting in February 2018. Crucially staff from The Cambridge will be combining fundraising with practical hands on support.  As part of the Building Society’s wider community programme each team member  donates at least 10 volunteer hours each per year. 

This successful programme has been running since 1993 and for the first time this year staff were asked to vote on 2 partners with a strong homes or housing bias which has resulted in The Sick Children’s Trust and Wintercomfort for the Homeless being selected.

Stephen Mitcham, Chief Executive of The Cambridge explains why the Community Partnership Programme is so essential to the building society’s culture and values;

“Community is at the heart of everything we do.  This commitment absolutely underpins why The Cambridge is different and why we are so valued as an organisation by local people.  This annual programme builds strong relationships that will allow us to raise as much money and awareness as possible and in doing that we make a real and tangible difference to the community which we live and work in.

“We often talk about community focus and we are so proud to say that in the past decade we have donated in excess of £270,000 to local charities and community groups and collectively volunteered over 22,000 community hours. 

“Our people are our biggest resource and the community hours everyone gives during the year is what makes us really stand out to our charity partners.  Whether it is revamping gardens, cooking dinners or manning fundraising events, the hours we can give charities that don’t have on-hand support means so much more can be done.”

The chosen partners echo the passion and excitement for the 2018 partnership;

Judith Anderson, East Anglia Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust said,

“We are delighted to be one of the chosen charities to receive support from The Cambridge Building Society, an organisation closely linked with the Cambridge community which will now be extending its charity work to help young people in the area who are diagnosed with cancer. The funds will help us continue our specialist services, which provide age-appropriate care to support those aged 13 – 24 going through cancer, helping them be a teenager first, cancer patient second.”

The Sick Children’s Trust Acorn and Chestnut House Manager Abi Abdel-aal says: 

"We're absolutely delighted to have been selected as one of Cambridge Building Society's charity partners for 2018. Over the years we have received a lot of support from the team, who have already enabled hundreds of families with critically ill children at Addenbrooke's and The Rosie Hospital to stay together in our free 'Home from Home' accommodation at both Acorn and Chestnut Houses. 

"As a charity, we rely entirely on voluntary donations to keep our 'Homes from Home' running. And to be nominated as a charity partner for three months will make a huge difference to so many families whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their child needs to undergo lifesaving treatment. 

"On behalf of all the families we support, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Cambridge Building Society. We are looking forward to working together very much."

Simon Pickering from Wintercomfort for the homeless comments that;

“We are really so very very pleased we have been chosen by a staff vote at The Cambridge Building Society.  We are looking forward to developing a creative and engaging wide ranging fundraising programme which will go towards supporting our welfare service at Wintercomfort which provides a vital lifeline to the homeless in Cambridge.

“We are about to enter our most critical months of the year so this news gives all those associated with the charity a tremendous boost.

Andrea Murauskas, Corporate Fundraiser at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said:

“Arthur Rank Hospice is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from The Cambridge Building Society  Community Partners Scheme next year. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who voted to support us.

We are really excited about the opportunity to develop further what is already a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with the The Cambridge team. The Charity is required to secure £7.45 million (£14.17 per minute) in order provide care and services free of charge to thousands of people each year, who are living with a life-limiting illness in our county.  There is no doubt that this partnership will bring a huge amount of support to those Arthur Rank Hospice care for at our new home in Shelford Bottom, at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and across the Cambridgeshire in people’s own homes.”