Doing our bit for charity
At Sage our people love doing their bit for charity and we’ve raised over £265,000 for Cancer Research UK over the past six years.
Leigh Thompson, CSR Consultant at Sage says: “Cancer affects the lives of so many people today and, for the past few years when we’ve asked our people which charity they’d like to support, Cancer Research UK has come out top every time.
“Throughout the year we do loads of fundraising activities, bringing a fun element into work but with a very serious benefit, because we’re helping to support a very special cause. Our people love getting involved and always dig deep which means, together with donations from Sage, we can really make a difference to charity.”
By far the biggest fundraising event in the Sage calendar is Sage Day and last summer it raised £60,000 for the charity.
Leigh explains: "Once a year we run a huge charity day at our offices right across the UK and our people take part in loads of crazy fundraising activities. Charity football tournaments, cake sales and putting managers in the stocks are just a few."
Sage Day is a chance for everyone right up to the Chief Executive to get involved across the whole business and last summer's event was a great success.
Leigh says: "Last year the mammoth fundraising extravaganza kicked off with two massive fundraising bike rides. We did the Coast2Coast ride in May and then Newcastle2Paris in June and raised £25,000 towards our overall Sage Day total.”
Plans are now well under way for this year’s Sage Day and the Sage Cycling Community have once again risen to the challenge. This year they’re tackling their biggest ride ever, riding from our Purley office via Paris to L’Alpe d’Huez, one of the main mountains in the Tour de France.
But it’s not just one charity that benefits from our fundraising efforts. Every month, we run an optional charity day that raises money for the smaller charities our people are passionate about and we’ve raised well over £100,000 over the past few years for a range of charities including the Gateshead branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Springhill Hospice in Rochdale and the Manchester Historic Building Trust.
We’ve also run our very own version of The Apprentice which raised over £12,000 for the candidates’ chosen charities and our Christmas Fair raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, as well as supporting the growth of local small businesses.
We helped brighten up Christmas morning with toys donated by our people for the Secret Santa appeal and in January we donated essential supplies for the Cat and Dog Shelter at one of its busiest times of the year. We also delivered over 250 chocolate Easter Eggs to underprivileged children in our local communities.