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Charity days round up 2019

17th January 2020

Everyone who works at Seven is given a day out of their working life each year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. We had very varied experiences last year dedicating time to a wide range of charities including an animal sanctuary, the Leeds Canal & Rivers Trust, a preschool and retirement home in the suburbs. Here’s a round-up of how we put ourselves to good use last year!

Spring

There are many aspects of running a charity and small, local charities are often dependent on volunteer staff to manage their administrative and financial tasks.  Amity & Kate both volunteer for a local childrens’ charity in their spare time, helping with admin and fundraising. This year the charity’s focus has been a new outside space for the children, as the old playground was showing signs of wear and tear after ten years in place. The day was spent researching and quoting various plans for the space, getting ideas together for what could be achieved within budget. Their time helped move the project forward significantly and a new outside space was in place by the Autumn.

Summer

Our Leeds offices have always been situated near the Leeds-Liverpool canal and a few of us use the canal path as a route for lunchtime runs, so it felt like the right thing to do for Liam and Lucas to spend their day helping the Canal & River Trust with vegetation management near St Anning’s Lock. The Trust clear and clean the space so the October taskforce can plant bluebell bulbs.

Autumn

Everyone who lives in Leeds has heard of the Donkey Sanctuary; it’s situated on the north Leeds ring road and the donkeys are a familiar sight for anyone driving round the north-west suburbs. Hope Pastures works to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home donkeys, ponies and horses. Beth, Bethan, Caroline and Chloe (pictured above) spent their charity day building feeders for the animals to enable them to feed inside their shelters for the winter months.

Winter

Christmas is a lonely time for many, especially those who don’t have family nearby. Retirement and care homes take care of many people in this situation and they work extra hard at Christmas to look after those in need. Gabby spent her day volunteering at a north Leeds care home, serving meals and spending time with their residents at the busiest time of the year.

Keep an eye on our blog and Twitter feed for details of our 2020 charity work.

 

 

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