Tracey Cunnington - Marketing Assistant

Team aims to raise over £3500 in 2018, with £900 raised so far

Novacroft’s Charity & Events Team has set a target of surpassing the company’s 2017 fundraising total of £3437 (for Northampton Hope Centre) and increasing the number of days spent volunteering.

For more than twenty years, Novacroft has supported charities in the local area and raised more than £30,000. To date in 2018, £900 has been raised.

The Novacrofters making up Novacroft’s Charity & Events Team are passionate about making fun, social and charity things happen for the team and have already led a Couch to 5K programme and an indoor climbing experience, which together have made great contributions to the 2018 total so far.

The team that makes it happen comprises nine people from across the business.

Everyone that’s a part of this team feels passionate about planning a series of events throughout the year, to give everyone the chance to get involved and help us raise funds for Novacroft’s Charity of the Year,  RSPCA (Northamptonshire Branch).

Since January 2018, Dave Gaskell from Novacroft’s IT Team has been busy leading our Couch to 5K programme, which has raised over £600 for our charity! Here he is, and here’s what he had to say as our Couch to 5K ended:

Running a Couch to 5K at Novacroft, I have given back what others and all the running clubs have given me – safe, fun and organised runs. Being able to lead a Couch to 5K myself was brilliant and a change to what I do with my running club. I’m so chuffed to see everyone on the programme continue running afterwards, because it is so easy to let it slip – keep up the good work everyone.

There was a real buzz between everyone that was part of the Couch to 5K. “The positive outcomes have been huge” says Claire from Finance, and “I have the bug now!” says Karen, from Governance & Business Improvement.

Sport Relief happened during March, and Vicki from HR set up a Novacroft Steppers League. Together, the Novacroft Steppers contributed 700,000 steps towards the nation’s Billion Steps Challenge.

Novacroft’s indoor climbing experience, organised by Jonathan, part of our Software Delivery Team, at a local climbing centre, saw profits go to the RSPCA. Great fun was had by all!

There are plenty more things in the pipeline. The team’s plans include a themed movie night and a family walk.

At Novacroft, every team member has 4 paid days a year to volunteer. People are encouraged to volunteer for the company’s Charity of the Year or any other charitable cause they feel passionate about.

In her spare time, Lou in Marketing has taken part in volunteering for Parkrun, and the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Here’s what she has to say….

It’s no secret that I live and breathe running (did I tell you I’ve run a marathon?), but I am also a serial volunteer! What I love the most about my experiences at Parkrun and the WIC Championships is that it gives you the opportunity to be part of a community, inspire and socialise with other runners. I’ve made so many friends through volunteering, and think it sets a great example to my little boy, who also comes along to Parkrun and helps out. What can I say, we both look good in a high viz!

For more than twenty years, Novacroft has supported charities in the local area and raised more than £30,000. The team looks forward to a successful and inspiring 2018!

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