Nelsons Kick Off The New Year By Raising Four Figures For Charity

Nelsons January Challenge

Last month, Nelsons kicked off a new year of supporting local causes by completing our own January Charity Team Challenge to raise money for our 2021 nominated charities.

Every year, our employees vote to select the charities they wish to back. This year, staff at our Derby office chose to support Derbyshire child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, our Leicester office voted for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and our Nottingham staff members chose to support Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre.

During the final two weeks of January, six teams pitted themselves against each other to see who could walk, run or cycle the most miles in just 14 days – with the teams totting-up 4,100 miles and raising more than £1,450 for our nominated charities.

Our Chief Executive, Stewart Vandermark, said:

“It’s been almost a year since all three of our offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby closed, with staff continuing to work from home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, supporting local charities has, and always will be, something that’s incredibly close to our heart at Nelsons and we’ve made sure to keep that momentum going, even in lockdown.

“Last year, employees participated in a number of events to raise money, from taking part in the #DressWithAnEgg campaign at Easter to completing the 100 Miles in May challenge, and 2021 is set to be no different.

“After a challenging start to the year due to the country being placed into its third national lockdown, we wanted to encourage our employees to get active as part of the first fundraiser for our nominated charities – but with a little bit of friendly competition for good measure.”

Our 2020/21 nominated charities

Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound, which was founded in 2002, provides high-quality tailored one-to-one support to victims and young people at risk of child sexual exploitation in Derby and Derbyshire. Since 2019, it has expanded its services to include all forms of the issue to try and achieve its vision of a world where children and young people are free from the danger of exploitation.

Tracy Harrison, CEO at Safe and Sound, said:

“Our case load increased by more than 50% since the start of the pandemic in 2020, brought about by young people being socially isolated and family facing additional pressures. As such, this has left more young people vulnerable to all forms of child exploitation.

“We’re very grateful for the support from Nelsons, which will enable us to reach out to more young people through one to one support, youth activities and outreach work. It will also help as we look to expand the support we can offer to families, enabling them to become resilient to the manipulative tactics of perpetrators and move on with their lives.”

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, which was established in 1977, is the UK and Ireland’s only professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer. Since its inception, it has helped more than 40,000 children and young people in the UK and Ireland survive cancer and continues to collaborate on a range of projects to improve the treatment, care and diagnosis of the disease.

Stephen Humphries, Fundraising Development Manager at CCLG, said:

“Like many charities, we have suffered from a significant shortfall of income since the beginning of Covid-19, and it has been an incredibly tough and uncertain time.

“However, our services as a charity have been needed more than ever to provide support and guidance throughout the pandemic to the families of children with cancer. Therefore, we’re delighted that Nelsons has chosen us as its nominated charity and are most grateful for the team’s continued support.”

Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre (NBCRC)

The Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre, based at the University of Nottingham, aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and the research being conducted locally to combat it. The centre relies on fundraising income to help support its research into three key areas: detect it early, stop the spread and treat it right, and is currently looking into developing novel therapies in the fight against the disease.

Professor Stewart Martin, Director at NBCRC, said:

“Every penny donated to us goes towards funding support and research and, while Covid-19 has had an impact, we’ve adapted to new ways of working to ensure the research continues to progress.

“As we get no financial support from any formal organisation, we’re entirely reliant on our friends, patients and supporters to keep us afloat. Therefore, we’re excited and honoured to have been chosen as Nelsons’ nominated charity for 2021, every penny helps and we can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity.”

Stewart added:

“I’m always overwhelmed at the number of members of our team who get involved with our fundraising activities, and this time was no different. January can often be a tough month, even without a national lockdown, so it was lovely to see a real sense of community and team spirit as everyone sent photo updates of their progress. As always, we’re already having conversations about what our next fundraiser will be and can’t wait to continue to support our nominated charities for 2021.”

Last year, our staff chose to support Pintsize Theatre, LOROS Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society, raising a total of £5,310 for the charities.