A very big thank you to Harrisons Homes in Sittingbourne for all of their donations in 2020.
They had already decided to support a local charity and after hearing about what we do, promised to donate £50 from every sale.
To date, from June to December, those donations have totalled £4450 with the scheme continuing into 2021.
And as if that wasn’t enough, they also undertook more fundraising for us on top of that!
An online raffle raised £820, their branch manager Ryan Denniss cycled 150 miles of the Kent coast to raise £400 and they also gifted £1,000 of Christmas gifts to us to give to our families for Christmas presents.
A special mention must also go to The Hobby Shop in in Faversham for organising and discounting the toys. Other local businesses were also inspired by Harrisons’ gesture, including Fawn and Thistle of Faversham who also kindly donated gifts from their range of personalised gifts and accessories.
All told, Harrisons Homes’ 2020 support came to £6670 – during what was a difficult year, it’s an amazing donation to receive.
Fundraising officer, Pam Meller said: “Harrisons Homes pledged to support us with every sale and they have – an amazing commitment in what was a really tricky year for most, but they have really got involved with the corporate sponsorship.
“They’ve had fun, raised money but also raised awareness of the work of HOLG, which is such an important aspect of corporate and community support – enabling us to reach more families needing bereavement support. Everyone at HOLG would like to say a massive thank you to Harrisons for their generous donations which help us to support more bereaved families in Kent.
“Supporting a charity is a fantastic workplace thing to do – it brings teams together, lends itself to a bit of fun and also helps a local charity too.
“We’d love to hear from more who would like to support us; a little or a lot, during 2021.”
Harrisons Homes will continue to donate £50 from every sale in 2021 too.
Managing Director Chris Ellis said: “Since owning Harrisons, it has been important to me that I give back to the community in some way, There are so many worthy charities out there, it was hard to find one that fitted until I found HOLG.
“I was lucky that I had a very happy childhood – what would have happened if there was a death in the immediate family? How would that have affected me?
“HOLG support children and families across the social divide yet everyone has something in common; they have lost a loved one.
“The more I learn about the incredible work this charity does, the more I want to support them, so HOLG will continue to be our charity partner for the foreseeable future.”
If you’d like to appoint HOLG as your Charity of the Year, speak to one of our fundraising officers via firstname.lastname@example.org