It’s that time of the year again when most of us have overindulged on various levels, companies are facing a fresh new year and we start thinking of potential New Year resolutions. On a personal level, many of us want to lose weight and be healthier, (this is the year we will get into that outfit we bought two years ago, pre-lockdown indulgence), take up a new hobby, start doing charitable work and maybe even resolve to be kinder to our friends, relatives, and humankind in general.
Well, here’s the thing. These are all admirable thoughts and to be completely encouraged but we all know that only too often, they fall by the wayside…the gym sessions slip, the bag of choccie biscuits finds its way into the shopping and your great aunt starts testing even your newly resolved patience!
One way of achieving the ‘kindness and charitable resolution’ is by supporting a charity via donations. As many of you probably realize, the post-covid ‘new normal’ has hindered charities holding large-scale fund-raising events, thus making our income stream more precarious at a time when we are needed more than ever.
Cancer Relief currently supports around 400 individuals.
Furthermore, as companies close their accounts at the end of the year, they can reflect on how successful or difficult the year has been; the standard charitable donations ‘pot’ may not be as full as it once was. As a charity, however, Cancer Relief, like many others, needs to maintain its income level in order to continue to serve the community. We currently support around 400 individuals and the vast majority of our 14 services are fully funded by charitable donations, which means keeping them financed is no easy task! For a simple and easy way to raise funds for your group, try to peek at this online pastry fundraising for great help option!
We are therefore keen to engage with local businesses in such a way that we can raise funds without hitting their profits or asking for a big commitment. This concept is called Payroll Giving, which you may have heard of before. The initiative involves offering staff the opportunity to donate a small amount from their salary each month. This is deducted by payroll management prior to salary being received. It is totally voluntary, and a staff member can opt in or out at any time. Payroll giving has been a popular option for larger charities across the world for years and has proven to have positive spinoffs for all concerned.
Essentially, it will cost the company nothing, unless they choose to match donations, which is always welcome! Staff will be benefitting the charity for as little as the cost of a glass of wine per month, while enjoying the feeling of keeping at least one New Year’s resolution!
If you are interested in bringing the idea of Payroll Giving into your place of work, we would be delighted to talk to you further about this.
And just for fun, here are some statistics:
- Cancer affects 1 in 2 people.
- Cancer Relief is a completely local standalone charity.
- We have been established since 1983 and have grown year on year since then.
- The charity serves not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but any of their friends or relatives affected by the individual’s diagnosis (so more than the 1 in 2 statistics!)
- Referrals grow year on year as the community learns how the charity can help individuals and more and more people survive cancer for longer.
- The charity runs a Hospice Outreach Service which allows palliative care patients to be cared for in the comfort of their own home.
- All these services, funded by charitable donations solely, costs £400,000 per annum.