This week at Lansons we had the pleasure of a visit from Lieutenant Colonel Tim Coles, who came to our offices to accept a cheque for ABF, the Soldiers Charity, and told us about the brilliant work the charity does to support serving and retired soldiers and their families.
Lt Col Coles explained that soldiers find it difficult to ask for help. And many of the lasting and damaging effects of combat are invisible. The charity provides financial assistance for soldiers and their families when they are in real need, for life. Half of the money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities in the armed forces network.
Each year over our 25 years, Lansons has supported a charity put forward by a colleague at Lansons that they have a connection to. So for the financial year 2012/13 ABF The Soldiers Charity was put forward by our ex colleague Nikki Groves.
On top of giving 1% of our profits to a variety of great causes over the year, we host a number events and fundraisers to drum up money for the chosen charity. Some of our fundraising activity has brought out the daredevils amongst us – such as a sponsored Skydive. Others are just plain fun – Grand National sweepstakes, Cupid’s Treats for office Valentines, extremely competitive Halloween pumpkin carving competitions, and many more.
Our annual Christmas fair is a holiday fixture for many of our clients, contacts, families and friends, and also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our meeting room floor is transformed into a magical Christmas Wonderland, with a dazzling variety of stalls selling Christmas gifts, general gifts or the occasional self-gift. We have fabulous raffle prizes donated by many many generous clients and suppliers, and without fail everyone goes home a feeling a little merrier and, if somewhat poorer of pocket, very much richer of soul!
Keep an eye on our website for details of this year’s Lansons Christmas Fair and we hope to see you there! And if you would like to apply to be a stallholder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.