Party time for Shoreline as housing partnership reaches fundraising milestone
STAFF at Shoreline Housing Partnership had 50,000 reasons to celebrate after reaching a major fundraising milestone.
Employees enjoyed a special party to celebrate donating more than £50,000 to good causes since 2005.
Each year the company chooses one local charity to support and over the years they have donated £1,325 to Crossroads; £6,049 to St Andrew's Children's Hospice; £8,782 to the Pink Rose Suite; £3,765 each to Bottom's Up and Friendship At Home; £5,325 to North East Lincolnshire Women's Aid; £5,833 to Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance; and £5,821 to Family Links Around Grimsby.
Employee and fundraiser Ann Maggs said: "The Shoreline events group keeps coming up with new fundraising ideas that really capture the imagination of the generous staff here.
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"We are an integral part of the local community and are proud that we carry that ethos into our social activities, making a huge difference to local charities that provide such an amazing service to the people of North East Lincolnshire.
"We are pleased and astonished by what we have achieved so far."
From fish and chip suppers to annual balls, and auctions to treasure hunts, there have been a range of social activities to help raise funds.
Willing volunteers have also taken part in local charity events such as It's A Knockout, St Andrew's Sleepwalk, an abseil down Grimsby Dock Tower and the Smileathon.
The organisation even stepped in with just a day to go to host the Sleep Easy 2012 at its headquarters, with the Shoreline team bedding down in temperatures of minus seven to raise more than £3,000.
Karen Rastall, who is chairwoman of the Shoreline board, said: "It's absolutely fantastic that we have raised £50,000 so far.
"It is really good for morale and team-building for our employees to come together to support good causes.
"We organised a giant cake and printed off pictures of some of the fundraising events we have taken part in so that all the staff could celebrate what they've achieved so far."
And the fundraising is set to continue, with Humberston Hydrotherapy Pool selected as the charity of choice for 2012/13.