Charity has been at the heart of our agency for over two decades, as Lansons have been committed to fundraising, developing awareness, upskilling and offering pro-bono support to and for various worthy causes since the agency was created over 25 years ago.
Agency engagement is essential to our successful endeavours for the causes we commit to and as such we review each aid organisation yearly, offering everyone at Lansons the opportunity to nominate and vote for charities close to their hearts. When a dear colleague passed away from breast cancer it was unanimously decided to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care for an extended period of 3 years. When that partnership came to a close in June of this year, we were delighted to award the hospice with a cheque for £70,000. This fantastic sum was the culmination of three years of dedicated fundraising, as well as a contribution from the 1% of our profits that we pledge to charitable causes each year.
We are delighted to announce our new partner, mental health charity, Mind. Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to their information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales. Following an agency wide brainstorm, the 23 strong charity committee at Lansons are now planning a programme of events to not only fundraise for this amazing cause but also to engage the agency and the industry as a whole to challenge stigma and discrimination that surround mental health issues.
We will be kicking off support for our new charity partnership with a big launch day in September, so watch this space for details. We’ll shortly be announcing the date for the highly anticipated annual Christmas Fair, rolling out our new initiative ‘Happy Mondays’ and gearing up to some big agency takeover days to tie in with World Mental Health Day on 10th October and next years’ Time to Talk Day on 2nd February. Alongside this we are forming a sports loving team to take part in a big trek/run/swim/cycle/Tough Mudder and creating a series of mental health awareness training sessions for Line Managers to support staff wellbeing – whether they have a diagnosed mental health condition or not.
The range of initiatives for the forthcoming year promises to have something for everyone!