South East Online SEView January 2021
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Even though 2020 was an extraordinary year the Gatwick Diamond branch of HASSRA have still managed to raise money for charity. It has been challenging to run events with half the staff working from home and those working at site social distancing. In previous years we’ve always done massively well with cake bakes and similar but of course food sharing was a big ‘No-no’ this year.
In the first of our ‘Lockdown’ events – ‘In the spirit of Ascot’ - some of the staff at Crawley JCP dressed up as if for a day at the races and raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice. Much fun was had by all.
In the second event some of the staff at Horsham JCP dressed up in bright clothes and raised money for ‘Children in need’.
This year, instead of the traditional HASSRA Xmas raffle we will be collecting food for our local food banks.
It has been the most awful and dreadful year in living memory. This pandemic has affected us all and made us put our lives on hold. But, the amazing, incredible, generous and big-hearted colleagues in the Gatwick Diamond Branch of HASSRA have gone the extra mile.
Heaps of scrumptious goodies for local Food Banks in the Cluster and the Open House at Crawley have been kindly donated by THEM. This year will be a different Christmas for most of us and they can bask in the knowledge that many many families who have struggled this year and have gone without, will at least have some treats on the big day – thanks to them.
In addition we have also collected a stunning £95.83 for the Save the Children Xmas jumper appeal (£62.13 at Epsom, £5.70 at Horsham and £28.00 at Redhill), which I will pay in in January. See pic of Case Manager Team in Horsham with their very bright and jazzy jumpers – please enter this into the Christmas Office competition.
£120 was made available to the club in the HASSRA Live Festive Grant which was spent in an Advent Calendar free draw. The first person drawn won £1 on the 1st December, £2 on 2nd December and so on. Just two more names to go for the £23 and £24 prize which will be drawn tomorrow.
Here in September in Tonbridge we had a ‘Great Fake Bake-off’ for Macmillan Cancer Research where entrants made cakes out of craft materials etc. We also had two dress down days to increase the total.
In October we all dressed in Red to support ‘Show Racism the Red Card Day’ and raised funds for the charity.
We had three dress down days in November for ‘Children in Need’ and again raised funds.
We have a donation box in the Kitchen area for food and groceries and, so far this year, we have donated five boxes of food and seven bags of clothes towards our local food bank!
The office had a dress down day and donated the items they received in lieu of cash to the Chiltern Foodbank.
Another dress down day and the grocery items received were donated to the ‘One Can Foodbank’ A virtual Macmillan coffee morning raised a good amount and all the donations were made direct via a ‘Just Giving’ page. Funds were also raised for ‘Children in Need’ and those donations went direct to the charity.
Following a successful application for a HASSRA Live Grant, navy blue Tote bags were ordered with a printed ’HASSRA South East’ on the front. These were for distribution to all of our HASSRA Sittingbourne members. For those who are currently at home, a stock of them were kept for when they either returned into the office or a colleague were able to collect them on their behalf.
These bags were sourced from a local supplier, as we are trying to support local businesses. They will fit in their Surface Pro and some other bits inside and so far they have gone down very well. We used the HASSRA Christmas Lockdown grant and topped up the balance with funds from the Sittingbourne account.
At the beginning of December we held a virtual raffle with 55 winners of e-vouchers!
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