Christmas 2017 saw Softcat raising money for three great charities with the help of their fantastic customers. Spreading Christmas cheer to those who need it most during the festive season, Softcat pledged to donate £5 to one of three charities supporting homeless people for every registration to their monthly newsletter.
Throughout December, £2000 was raised which will now be split between Softcat’s chosen charities, Wycombe Homeless Connection, St Mungo’s and Action for Children’s Byte Night.
Wycombe Homeless Connection is local to Softcat’s head office in Marlow and helps homeless people find their place back in the community. They run a night shelter through the coldest months of the year and focus on helping those who do not qualify for housing help from the council. Sheena Dykes, chair of trustees welcomed the donation, commenting, “The work of Wycombe Homeless Connection absolutely relies on our local community. It's therefore a great encouragement to us that Softcat has continued its support. Homelessness is growing, both locally and nationally, and we are currently helping over 500 local people every year to rebuild their lives.”
St Mungo’s also helps people who have experienced homelessness, involving them in the running of their services. They are committed to empowering individuals, and their clients help to ensure the charity’s services are efficient, effective and suitable for the needs of homeless people. Leo Visconti, Deputy Director of Fundraising at St Mungo’s added his thanks, expressing that, “The continued support of Softcat is greatly appreciated – our work towards ending homelessness and rebuilding lives is a long-term commitment, and our corporate partners play a vital role in helping us work towards this goal.”
Byte Night is Action for Children’s biggest fundraiser, providing an opportunity for people from the technology and business arena to raise money to support some of the 83,000 young people who are homeless in the UK. The sleep-out event has taken place every year since 1998 and is now held at 12 locations across the UK. Action for Children were delighted with the donation, saying, “The Softcat team have raised an incredible amount in aid of Byte Night and Action for Children. Their fundraising means that Action for Children will be able to support more young people who find themselves at risk of homelessness in the UK.”
Sophie Garner, Corporate Events Fundraiser at Action for Children, added their appreciation for the support of the Christmas campaign, saying, “No one should have to experience homelessness and we are so grateful to our customers for helping us raise money that will be put to practical use. Our Christmas campaign has been a fantastic opportunity to encourage charities that help people rebuild their lives, giving them real support and hope. Thank you to all who got involved.”
Softcat’s fundraising work supports charities who help those most in need. In 2017, they raised thousands of pounds for charity, including £243,000 raised through their May Ball alone for four different charities. They are excited to continue their support for worthy causes through 2018.
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