Over £17,000 raised for children’s charity

Our Nottingham office has been raising money for local children’s charity PASIC over the last financial year. The results have seen more than £17,000, 250 Christmas presents and hundreds of art supplies donated to this fabulous cause.

PASIC provides practical, financial and social support to children and young people living with cancer, their family and carers. The charity aims to give children and families the means to build support networks, reduce isolation and offer financial assistance, helping to make a positive difference to families whose children’s lives have been impacted by cancer.

Over the past 12 months, colleagues at our Nottingham office have been busy organising a series of fundraising activities and volunteering their time to support the work that PASIC does.

Kirsty Peasley, head of contact centre communications at Domestic & General, said the firm has enjoyed playing a part in supporting the charity.

She said: “This past year has been fantastic and I speak for all of us at Domestic & General when I say I am very proud that we have contributed to the vital support that PASIC offers. We couldn’t have been more proud of our colleagues earlier this year, when they received a special mention from PASIC at its annual ball.

“PASIC is such a wonderful cause and it has been great to learn more about the work it does and support them – many of our employees will have experienced first-hand the brilliant care it provides for those affected by cancer.”

How we did it

The initial fundraising initiative for PASIC was launched with a ‘Raise £39’ campaign. Each employee in our 900-strong Nottingham team was challenged to raise £39 to reflect that PASIC is based on ward E39 of Nottingham’s Children’s Hospital. From the challenge, they raised £700.

The office also held cake sales, raffles and a charity ‘bake off’ to raise funds as well as donating toys, art supplies and selection boxes for the annual PASIC Christmas party.

Louise Whittle, operations and fundraising manager at PASIC, said: “Children with cancer can spend a long time in hospital and this can be really difficult for them. At PASIC we aim to make sure that their time is as good as it can be.

“This has been the first time a company, other than a sponsor of the event, has taken a table at the charity ball and it really shows the dedication of Domestic & General to PASIC and the commitment to supporting us as their charity of the year.

“We are so grateful to those who take the time and effort to organise a fundraising event or to donate money to the charity, and it makes a huge difference to the families we support.”

How the money helps

One such family is that of six-year-old Alice, who, at the age of four, was diagnosed with Wilm’s tumour, a type of kidney cancer. Between March 2014 and February 2016, Alice underwent intensive treatment that has included surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Whilst Alice was in hospital, her mum Jane met Joanna, a support worker from PASIC. Jane said: “Jo was so lovely and non-intrusive. She would sit with Alice so I could grab a coffee or just have a chat with me when I was on my own. It was such a difficult time in our family’s life. Especially, for Alice and her brother. So when we found PASIC, we found another family. Everyone we met, from the staff to the families participating became a support network for us. More importantly, the group offered our children an opportunity to spend quality time with one another outside of a hospital, as well as others their age in fun and relaxed environments.”

Alice has since received an all-clear on her second round of scans.

Kirsty added: “Hearing how the money we have raised helps to support families like Alice’s makes everything we do so worthwhile.”

Over the last 12 months, Domestic & General has raised and donated more than £100,000 across the Group to charitable causes.

To donate to PASIC visit www.pasic.org.uk

Domestic & General Nottingham employees raising money for local children's charity PASIC