Last week I had the privilege of celebrating with the NSPCC Brighton Business Board at its annual “Business Spotlight” event which took place at Donatello’s restaurant in Brighton. SiteVisibility is a founder member of the NSPCC Brighton Business Board whose aim is to engage local businesses and their employees with the work of NSPCC in order to help fund services which benefit local children and their parents.
During the 2013/2014 season, almost £20,000 has been raised by employees of the 10 member companies to fund NSPCC child protection services in and around Brighton. Such was the confidence amongst people in the room that an ambitious new target of £35,000 was announced by Brighton NSPCC Business Board Chair Liz Barnes for the forthcoming year.
Companies are encouraged to join the 1600 Club where the challenge is to raise £1600 during the financial year. Some Companies choose to go further and fund the cost of a ChildLine Counsellor where the training amounts to £2,800 . With deep links in the local community and an interest in helping local people to develop a rewarding career in digital marketing, SiteVisibility tries its best to be a responsible business and promotes the business benefits of CSR, particularly for Financial, Marketing and HR reasons within this video.
Tracey Bravo, NSPCC Community Appeals Manager – Sussex, Amanda Rocca – NSPCC Area Coordinator, Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, ChildLine Schools Service and Alex Fulton, Head of Communications for Child Protection and Support were on hand to share how the funds raised help protect children in Sussex through NSPCC helplines, online help and videos, the NSPCC Schools Service and training NSPCC volunteers.
Some examples of how the money was raised include:
Lookers Mercedes Benz of Brighton – already a 1600 Club member – they were one of the first here in Brighton to take up the challenge and have continued to support us in 2013 with their annual golf day, annual Christmas party collections, a Great South Runner and even a skydiver. Keith Jackman is a member of our Brighton & Hove Business Board.
Southern Water – a well known local company who do masses for charity and who have chosen to support the NSPCC since 2007 – Kevin Buck (who sits as a member on the Board as a volunteer) has helped us promote the 1600 Club Challenge in the past so the company is an Honorary member of the Club. Tonight we wanted to put the spotlight on the company again just to add one more accolade following their latest event which raised over £26,000 last summer for the NSPCC which brings their support level over the £150,000 mark since the start of their support.
Plus+ Accounting – raised funds in house with things like cake sales, promotional initiatives linked to marketing, an auction, and boot sale to name but a few – exceeded their 1600 target last summer. Vicky King now sits on the Business Board as a volunteer.
School Travel Group – a quiz and an active social committee taking part in inter-departmental activity then fundraising has come naturally to this company and they reached their 1600 target very early on. They are planning to do lots more and Georgina Rose now sits on the Business Board as a volunteer.
All Clear – house clearance company whose owner Terry does a monthly boot sale to raise funds for the NSPCC to shift some of those unwanted items to help children. He has raised considerably more than £1600 since starting so qualifies for an award.
Umi Hotel – a novel voluntary donation left luggage scheme has raised almost £2000 since 2011. Fundraising is ongoing.
ROCC Ltd – past Business Board member and now Business Ambassador Luke Aldrich set his staff a 1600 target and they delivered swiftly with a give up smoking initiative, boot sales, runners in local events and even a donation following the sale of a boat.
Lumesse – past Business Board member Andrea Miles set an example to her staff and took part in the Great South Run with a colleague and one member of staff did a solo and un-supported London to Paris cycle ride to meet their 1600 Club target.
Scarlet Monday – Simon Conroy –takes part in ultra marathons and challenge events and has now raised well over £5,000. Simon is considering taking part in the Marathon des Sables next