At Holiday Lettings we pride ourselves on giving something back by supporting charities in their important work. Our charitable work includes hosting holiday auctions, regular fundraising events within the team and even some of us competing in sponsored marathons and the like.
Our charity of choice
Most of our fundraising and support is for Helen & Douglas House. They provide respite and end of life care to children and young adults with life-shortening illnesses from their two hospices in Oxford.
Over the summer of 2011 we stepped up our charitable contributions a notch by hosting the Bid4holidays charity auction. Some very generous home owners and property managers donated weeks at their homes to the auction, raising a whopping £35,724.
All of the money was split 50/50 between Helen & Douglas House and Cancer Research UK.
Vanessa Fay of Helen & Douglas House said: "We are thrilled that the auction has raised over £17,800 for our charity. This amount will pay for around seven families to have an essential break at Helen & Douglas House."
Cancer Research UK said: "We would like to thank everyone who donated through the Bid4holidays website. Whether it was by donating a holiday home or bidding on one, your contribution will contribute to our life-saving work."
|Watch this space as Bid4holidays may one day make another appearance.|
Bumper fundraising activities
No challenge is too small for some members of the team who volunteer to do something out of the ordinary in their spare time to raise money for Helen & Douglas House.
- One of our product managers, Alex Baker, took on the Virgin London Marathon in April 2011, raising a heart-warming £2,494 by rediscovering his running legs. Not wanting to stop there, Alex is already in the ballot for 2012.
- Four members of the team raised £400 by jumping out of bed before the birds woke up to walk 26 miles in the Daybreaker challenge.
- The team runs lots of ad hoc fundraising through clothing swap shops, cake sales and even making adorable decorations at Christmas time.
|You can also raise money for Helen & Douglas House|
Lending our skills
Each member of the team is allocated two days each year to spend doing voluntary work to support Helen & Douglas House. They may want to lend their expertise in web development, marketing or customer relations, do a spot of DIY or gardening at the hospice or serve customers in one of their charity shops. Whatever they decide to do, it can make a big difference to the charity's work.
|You can also volunteer to help Helen & Douglas House|