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 (see below).
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.
Enterprising Isle of Man staff adapts business skills to assist Hospice
The Isle of Man office’s Apprentice Challenge which took place from 17th to 20th May in support of Hospice Isle of Man, ending with an awards ceremony and Apprentice-style hiring and firing on 21st May.
Deloitte Isle of Man staff raised £2,000 for Hospice during the week, and so far in 2010 have raised an additional £600 through dress down days, cake sales and a tuck shop. Our target is to raise £3,100 by the end of 2010 and the Community Investment team’s next challenge is to organise a physical challenge for sponsorship, with any sponsorship money raised by Deloitte staff participating to be matched by Deloitte. Initial plans are for an event to take place in September, which may be a Manx take on a British classic (watch this space).