Following a busy year of charity events, Leicester-based business solutions provider Office Depot has raised £26,750 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This total exceeds the £25,000 fundraising target originally set by the business in January 2017.
Throughout the year, staff from the company’s offices across the UK and Ireland have been involved in a wide range of fundraising initiatives. These have ranged from bake sales and fancy dress days to more extreme activities such as a sponsored ‘fire walk’, which involved employees facing their fears to walk a short distance across glowing hot coals.
In particular, the hard work of Office Depot’s staff is set to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was chosen as the businesses charity for 2017. Make-A-Wish is a global charity that organises experiences for children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
In Autumn last year the UK offices also took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ by holding baking competitions, raising an impressive £1,083 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
With a focus closer to home, Office Depot also supports people in its local areas through community projects such as practice interview sessions, work placements and brightening up local areas through gardening and painting.
During the festive period, the Leicester headquarters held a Christmas dinner event for pensioners in the local area. These form part of an annual string of team festive events, which in the past has included a trip to a local nursery where Office Depot employees held a party for the children.
Sarah Land, HR operations officer at Office Depot, who was responsible for coordinating much of the fundraising activity, said:
“2017 at Office Depot was more successful for fundraising than we could have imagined. Everything we’ve achieved for our charities would not have been possible without the inspiring support and enthusiasm of our staff.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for generously giving their time and money to support Make-A-Wish and our other very worthy causes. Giving back is something which has always been very important to the organisation and we’ve certainly set ourselves a very high target to beat in 2018!”