As part of our company outreach program Elemental Microanalysis Ltd have decided to choose two local charities and fundraise to help them along.
Company Director Ian Smith has offered to substantially fortify our fundraising, so this page is all about the charities we have chosen and the activities we have undertaken / plan to undertake to raise money for them.
Childrens Hospice South West (registered charity 1003314)
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) was founded in 1991, to help and support children and their families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
In 1995, Little Bridge House, the South West’s first children’s hospice opened its doors to families from across the South West. CHSW now has a chain of children’s hospices covering the South West, to ‘make the most of short and precious lives across the South West’.
Families can come to these hospices for planned respite and a rare opportunity for a break, but they can also turn to CHSW for emergency care and, when the time comes, for palliative and end-of-life care.
Services are free to families who need them, but with little government funding, CHSW relies on the generosity of supporters.
ShelterBox (registered charity 1096479)
Established in the year 2000, ShelterBox have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid around the world to communities in need.
Since ShelterBox was founded, they have responded to over 250 disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.The name ShelterBox derives from the compact box this customised equipment is delivered in.
Contents vary according to requirements, but can typically include a disaster relief tent for family, thermal blankets, groundsheets, water storage, purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack.
A complete ShelterBox will provide a family with the shelter and other vital equipment they need. Our aim was to fundraise enough to finance one of these. Find out how we did below (See Kate and the Chester Marathon).
Bake sale for Red Nose Day 2017
Our staff had a great day baking and eating as much cake as possible for charity, on Red Nose Day this year.
We raised a total of £51.50 for the appeal, and probably gained a few pounds ourselves in the process!
Renovating Okehampton Age Concern Office
In January 2016, our determined group of charitable employees, Emma, Brian, Martin & Craig undertook the task of helping to refurbish the Age Concern Drop in Centre in Okehampton. The team undertook the tasks of sanding and scrubbing walls, even taking up a tiled floor and ripping out old shelves as they prepared the shop for renovation.
The Okehampton branch of Travis Perkins were unfailingly kind in their generous discount on paint and brushes needed for the redecorating process.
Help was also at hand from the owner of SK Plastering, who oversaw the dismantling of the floors, sealed the main shop window to prevent water from coming in; pausing only to render the window sill which is now a fantastic feature in the shop as a comfy window seat.
Several coats of paint later our team decided to wash down the outside walls rather than attempting to apply paint during the unpredictable Dartmoor weather.
Finally, our local Electrician at Anderson and Philips popped in to tie up the loose ends: tidying up cables and sockets, as well as fitting new bulbs to add the finishing touches to the team’s hard work.
Overall, over 130 hours was spent working on the refurbishment project and was completed by mid-April, all thanks to Brian, Emma, Martin and Craig.
Age Concern front office before work began
A work in progress!
The final transformation
- fresh, clean and bright
Visit to Little Bridge House
This week Andy, Brian, Emma and Martin journeyed to Little Bridge House to gain an insight into children’s hospice life. It was a day of mixed emotions; great sadness, but also great hope due to the support they provide for families who find themselves in an unimaginable position.
They were given a tour of the hospice, shown the homely atmosphere of the lounge, dining room, and conservatory; and the facilities of the play garden, hydrotherapy pool, sensory, soft play, creative and games rooms.
They were shown the bedrooms that are individually tailored to the child arriving, and returned to the same look when a child returns for a repeat visit; things to allow a few days of “holiday” or “normality” for families.
They heard stories of Mums simple appreciation of finishing a cup of tea, the conversion of the conservatory to a romantic Valentines restaurant; siblings being supported, being allowed to be children, and even the police co-operating in quietening down a genuinely-reported rowdy Children’s Hospice teenage party!
Towards the end of the visit they were shown the photo-board of all the children CHSW has helped, the messages hung on the memory tree in the Chapel and maybe the hardest area; the “Star Born” room – the Chapel of Rest.
Almost all of this essential care is financed via private donations. Government funding is never guaranteed and tends to contribute to a tiny percentage of the running costs.
Having seen the amazing provision of care for children with life limiting conditions, Elemental Microanalysis were very pleased to present a cheque for £1375.00 to help continue this vital service.
Elemental Microanalysis would like to thank all who have fundraised, sponsored, donated and supported us over the past year.
Brian and Emma Rainbow Run
Congratulations to Emma and Brian who were well and truly covered in paint by the finish line of the 5km Devon Rainbow Run.
Brian and Emma would like to thank you for your generous donations and sponsorship. £450 was raised for Children's Hospice South West's Sponsor a Nurse Campaign. We hope it doesn't take too long to scrub all that paint off!
Sales and Quality Departments Training and Fundraising for Devon Rainbow Run
You may have noticed Emma Kelleher, Brian Addison and their assistants continuing their fundraising for the Children’s Hospice South West Rainbow Run outside the Co-operative in Okehampton. Thank you to the Co-op and all donators, they collected over £200.
The Children’s Hospice South West Rainbow Run is a challenging 5km run whilst getting paint chucked at you! Brian has put together a training video for this (see below).
Good Luck to them both for the 13th of June; Watch this space for photos of them covered in paint.
Andy & Martin Skydive
We are very proud of Andy and Martin who both work in our QA Department. They’ve been raising funds to sponsor a nurse for our chosen charity, Children’s Hospice Southwest http://www.chsw.org.uk/ -Yesterday they managed to complete parachuted skydives from 15,000 feet, the highest altitude in the world without needing extra O2! Here is a selection of photos taken by Emma in Sales who helps coordinate the Charitable work carried out at Elemental Microanalysis. Click here i
Martin, Brian and Sponsored SantaSurf 2014
Martin and Brian donned their best Santa outfits and headed into the sea at Widemouth on the 21st of December with their Surfboards. Martin Trerise has shared the video footage of the day from his YouTube channel. We think they earned their sponsorship - it looks freezing!
Homemade mince pies with lots of clotted cream got us all in the festive spirit at the beginning of December. This and the Christmas raffle raised over £330.
The Office Tuck Shop
Set up in November 2014 this is a tuck shop with a difference – All the proceeds are going to charity so it is even more difficult to resist all the tasty treats. We will all be blaming Emma next time we step on the scales….
Les and the £50 challenge
The £50 Challenge is all about using your business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for Children’s Hospice South West with the £50 start-up investment you have been provided with.
Les took on the £50 challenge and so far has raised £276 by starting up a tuck shop in his local.
He has also undertaken additional fundraising with sponsored sporting activities.
Kate and the Chester Marathon
After months of training and gathering sponsorship, Kate took on the 26 mile Chester Marathon in October 2014.
Not only did she make it round the course in under 4.5 hours but she also managed to raise over £1300 for ShelterBox – Enough for 2 complete ShelterBoxes in addition to other essential supplies.
Go Kate Go!