This year Deloitte Isle of Man implemented their Community Investment Program and selected the Hospice as its nominated charity. This is a program run throughout the Deloitte offices in the UK with a local charity chosen each year alongside the national programme supporting three charities nominated by the UK firm as a whole.
All of the office is behind the initiative and some of the 40 members of staff have taken the opportunity to look around the facilities to see how the money raised will be used. The staff have implemented a weekly dress down day collection, a tuck shop and are supporting the sale of Hospice trolley tokens and pin badges. The Community Investment Programme also allows Deloitte offices to run a Community Day once every year, which was an apprentice-style challenge this year.
Moira Rodan, Deloitte Community Investment Manager said “The IOM Hospice is an extremely worthwhile cause because the benefits of the service could be required by anyone at any time and we are proud to be raising funds for such a deserving charity in the community. We intend during the summer to hold an event involving significant physical challenge to raise a large proportion of our target, more details of which will follow.”
In addition to this the office will donate a proportion of the annual funds raised to 'The Aziz Fundraising Trust', a charity set up by Deloitte employee Medina Sharpe in support of her son. Aziz has Microcaephaly with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and needs to attend the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia USA, where he undergoes a specialist care program and given help to develop his physical and mental skills. The Aziz Fundraising Trust aims to raise funds to enable Aziz to attend the clinic every 6 months. Aziz has also spent time at Rebecca House for some respite care, linking both charities together with the staff of Deloitte.