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e4education Charities of the Year 2017/18

Published on 17/01/18

Anyone who has ever worked at e4education will be able to tell you that in order to successfully raise money within our office you need only be equipped with one thing. Food.

We’re not a gluttonous bunch (in fact, we have quite a few gym bunnies and keen runners) but if you turn up at our desks with a large slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake or a tin of freshly baked sausage rolls, you are very likely to get your required charity donation!

It was forearmed with this knowledge (and using it to their full advantage!) that in December 2017, the e4education Charity Committee hosted the first fundraising event of the academic year, a Christmas Breakfast Brunch, to raise money for the inaugural e4education Charities of the Year; Make a Wish and Little Miracles.

Choosing our Charities

Since the company’s inception in 2001, our staff have always been more than willing to roll their sleeves up and throw themselves wholeheartedly into team fundraising events in order to raise money for many different charities such as Cancer Research, Macmillan and Children in Need.

For the 2017/18 academic year, we decided to take our love of raising money to the next level by choosing to support an individual organisation who would become the first ‘e4education Charity of the Year’. Our hope is that, by utilising the money raised across a year of fundraising events, we could raise enough funds to really make a difference to people and/or organisations in need of assistance.

In order to give all of the charities close to our hearts an equal opportunity, the nomination process was opened up to the whole office. As we work so closely with schools and education providers, our only stipulation was that the chosen charity would, in some way, help children and young people.

As to be expected, there were many brilliant and wonderful suggestions and each had heartfelt, and often deeply personal, reasons behind them. After much deliberation and with an impossible choice of choosing just one, the Directors made the choice to equally support two organisations for this academic year; the national charity Make a Wish and the local Peterborough-based charity, Little Miracles.

Make a Wish

Make a Wish is a UK wide charity that was founded in 1986, in order ‘to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.’ The inspiration for the charity came from the story of a little boy called Chris Greicius who was fighting leukaemia in the US in 1986 and has, to date, granted more than 11,000 magical wishes to seriously ill children in the UK. More information on Make a Wish and the wonderful work that they do can be found here.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles is a local Peterborough based charity that was started by an inspiring lady called Michelle which aims to ‘support families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions’. The charity, who have their main centre at the Spinney in Westwood strives to provide a safe space where children with disabilities can play, laugh and be themselves, whilst at the same time allowing parents access to a wide range of advice and support.

For further information on the fantastic services that Little Miracles offers to all the family, please click here.

Counting Our Contributions

We are pleased to announce that the Christmas Breakfast Brunch was a resounding success and raised £221.22 for our two charities; getting the year off to a flying start. A good time was had by all!

Following on from the enjoyment and excitement of the Brunch, our committee are already eagerly planning an event for the Spring Term - so make sure to check back around April for our next Charity update.

Work With Us

Schools and communities are at the heart of what we do. Whether it’s raising money for charities in need, sponsoring incredible educational organisations like PiXL or giving our staff time to volunteer in local schools, we love to help out where we can.

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Katie Sixsmith

Katie has been at e4education since November 2015 and started off as a Project Co-ordinator in our Production Team. She was promoted to Production Supervisor in 2017 and then moved over to join the Commercial Team as our Marketing and Communications Executive in the summer of 2018.