Swinton proud to be Shelter’s charity partner
..and we’ve reached our target!
In early 2018, we announced our partnership with Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, to generate funds and raise awareness around poor-quality homes, the housing shortage and homelessness across the country.
Swinton committed to raising £50,000 by March 2020 through a series of fundraising events for colleagues - and we’re delighted to say we've reached our target!
The partnership has seen many fundraising events and activities to help us achieve our goal, including three Swinton colleagues running the London Marathon and Swinton’s Managing Director Scott Kennedy climbing Kilimanjaro and taking on the Three Peaks challenge.
How will our donations help?
As a business based in the heart of the north-west, Swinton colleagues have seen first-hand the impact homelessness has had on our region so when it came to partnering with a charity, Shelter was the obvious choice to help us give something back to the area we were founded in more than 60 years ago.
The money we raise will fund a specific venture such as a project at the Manchester hub helping families who are facing homelessness with specialist advice and support, or help the charity answer urgent calls to their national helpline.
Our Swinton colleagues have always shown their passion and dedication to supporting our corporate charities and Swinton encourage and assist every colleague by providing one day's paid leave each year for volunteering. Plus we match any monies raised for our corporate charity pound for pound!
Our Managing Director Scott Kennedy has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro raising £11,980 for Shelter, and you can find out more about it here.
We participated in a hamper drive, collecting gifts for families and individuals, including items they can use to help make their new house a home. We also held a decoration collection where people donated Christmas trees, decorations and lights for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them.
Swinton volunteers supported Shelter at the Sleep Walk.
We also announced our London Marathon runners and our colleagues Sarah Profit, Matthew Collings, Amy Thomas and Paul Scott are setting themselves up for some intense training and fundraising!
Each runner has to raise at least £1000 which will be matched by Swinton to £2000 towards their Shelter place in the marathon. This is added to our Swinton overall total, meaning there’s £8,000 due to be added!
We started the sale of the Safeguard Perfect View 2020 calendars, for which our followers sent in their favorite travel photo of their 'perfect view'. This was judged by BBC presenter Michaela Strachan and raised over £700!
Our colleagues and suppliers also joined up at Mottram Hall to play in a charity golf tournament in aid of Shelter. The team were joined by professional golfer Simon Dyson who played 'beat the pro' with the teams adding some more fun competition on the day. With 48 players donating to play and to buy raffle tickets at the end they raised a huge £4500.
Our head office took a War of the Roses take on a charity cricket match, Contact Centre against Support Services. It was a fun evening planned with games and some amazing raffle prizes were won. We then had a rematch later in the month with a team from across the Pennines at our Safeguard office raising a huge £2,652.00!
Our Managing Director, Scott Kennedy is taking on two grueling challenges, the Three Peaks and Mount Kilimanjaro. He started his fundraising for the Three Peaks and has a total of £2,779.40 to date which will be matched by the company to a massive £5,558.80!
In June some of our Swinton colleagues attended the Manchester Pride Spring Benefit. During the night Swinton made a significant donation to the Pride charity during a live auction by bidding on a spectacular prize of a trip to NYC Pride. This fundraiser brought in a total of £4,340.00!
As part of Swinton Group’s partnership with Shelter, we donated £5 for every Home Insurance policy bought directly through swinton.co.uk between 1st May and 31st May. Every £5 raised can help fund a call to Shelter's National Homelessness Helpline which is open 365 days a year and provides vital advice and support to families facing homelessness.
All price comparison and affiliate website quotes and sales are excluded. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Donations will be paid to Shelter Trading Limited which donates its taxable profits to Shelter the National Campaign for Homeless People Limited. Registered Charity Number in England and Wales (263710) and Scotland (SC002327).
Swinton colleagues were asked to donate a minimum of £5 to Shelter in return for the chance to win a number of exciting prizes kindly donated by Swinton and local businesses in a Red Envelope Raffle. Colleagues raised a total of £3,000 including matched funding.
Swinton colleagues baked up a storm in the kitchen and raised over £1500 by selling their delicious baked goods to friends and co-workers across the business.
A ‘Go Red for Shelter’ event at Swinton’s head office, 101 Embankment, opposite Manchester Cathedral, was held to launch the partnership. Colleagues donated cash to dress in red, enjoyed red velvet cupcakes and took part in a raffle to kick-start the fundraising. They also heard from Shelter representatives about the valuable work they do across Manchester and the whole of the UK.