We’re thrilled to say that over 2019, thanks to the generosity of our staff and their networks, we raised £25,000 for Social Bite which will go towards helping them on their mission to end homelessness in Scotland.
We kicked off our year of fundraising for Social Bite back in January 2019 with a raffle at the firm’s Burns Supper followed by bake sales for Valentine’s Day and Easter. We’ve found that there’s nothing like some home baking to encourage people to part with their cash for a good cause!
In May 2019, 12 volunteers trained for and took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay. The running bug caught on and we also had a team complete the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow in September.
To get everyone into the summer sporting spirit our charity committee organised a Wimbledon sweepstake and sold tubs of strawberries and cream around the desks, which were quickly snapped up.
We celebrated Hallowe’en with a spooktacular bake sale and then geared up for our festive fundraising, which included a Festive Fayre with tombola, raffle, and bake sale as well as a Christmas jumper dress down day.
Throughout the year we also donated cash each Friday for dress down day and contributed to Social Bite’s Pay It Forward initiative where you donate the cost of a hot drink or meal and this can be redeemed by a homeless person in Social Bite’s shops.
Our final fundraising event for the year was Social Bite’s Big Sleep Out, which took place on the 7th December and was one of 50 Sleep Out events worldwide. 19 brave volunteers from across our Glasgow and Edinburgh offices braved the wind and rain overnight to sleep out in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. Collectively they raised over £10,000 making them one of the top 20 fundraiser teams worldwide!
We’re delighted to be donating £25,000 to Social Bite and hope that it helps them come that bit closer to achieving their vision of a Scotland where everyone has a safe place to call home.