What is Avrion’s Great Christmas Giveaway? In the spirit of Christmas, Avrion decided to ask each staff member to suggest a charity of their choice to benefit from a £50 donation. The idea was to engage everyone in a feel-good initiative at the time of year when giving is the theme, and when we think of people, or causes, who are most in need.
The charities chosen were mostly smaller ones, simply because we felt these charities are probably feeling the pinch a little bit more during the current economic climate. A couple of people chose one of the bigger ones because of a personal connection with the cause.
12 Days of Donations for Avrion’s Great Christmas Giveaway
The 12 donations, to reflect the 12 days of Christmas, ranged from Dementia UK, a large, national charity that provides support for people suffering from dementia and their families, and specifically Admiral Nurses that help patients, to Foal Farm, a small local charity in Kent that re-homes animals, or looks after them when needed.
Each member of staff has decided on a cause close to their heart. Clever coder Christopher decided his £50 donation would go to Dementia UK in memory of his grandmother. Our diligent Project & Planning Manager, Caroline, has given her donation to Foal Farm, where she recently adopted a beautiful dog called Scooby from. Rob, our go-to guy in Pre-Sales, who loves to work out for his mental health, has been impressed by The Clubhouse Project which regularly brings people to use the gym he goes to.
In the Marketing Team, super wordsmith Susan‘s chosen charity for Avrion’s Great Christmas Giveaway was Crisis, a big, national charity that has a lot of focus around Christmas, because of the number of homeless people coping at the coldest time of year. Social media guru Katerina has chosen a small, local charity called Herts Young Carers which supports young people that have to help care for family members, which impacts their day-to-day life. Jess, our brilliant graphic designer and marketing consultant, has chosen The Churchill Hospital and Cancer & Haematology Centre in Oxford, which has played a hugely important role in the treatment of her boyfriend’s dad, P.
The others in the Tech team, alongside Christopher, are Harish, Nick, and Dean, who have chosen the National Deaf Children’s Society, The Humane Society International, and St Luke’s Hospice respectively. Head Honcho of Development Harish for his niece who was born with an ear abnormality, soon-to-be new dad Nick for his love of animals, and hardcore developer Dean for a local hospice that does incredible work in the community for those at the end of life and for their families.
David, our Technical Support supremo, has nominated a refurbishment project in the old hall attached to the church where he used to spend time as a boy – the hall is used for lots of community projects and the money will go to good use.
For personal reasons, our Client Director, Sam, has nominated the North London Hospice to receive his £50 donation for Avrion’s Great Christmas Giveaway. This hospice took such great care of his Mum and family a few years ago, and do such important work at end of life.
Finally, Lucille, the person with the purse strings – our very own Accounts Administrator – has donated her £50 to the Little Princess Trust. Both she and her daughter Hannah grew their hair in lockdown and donated it to the charity – Lucille loves the idea of supporting a child who has suffered hair loss due to cancer treatment or other conditions.
We think Avrion’s Great Christmas Giveaway has been a brilliant idea, hatched by our Project & Planning Manager, Caroline, which creates a real heart-warming feeling at a time when there are so many challenges in the world, and being able to do just a little good for someone else is as good for you in the giving.
If we have inspired you in any way, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in the spirit of Avrion and Christmas – we are pretty sure it will make you feel good too.
If you’d like some more ideas of how you can give this Christmas (there are even ways that don’t cost a penny!), check out this blog on How to Join the Do Good December Movement or feel free to contact us.