I recently attending a free public lecture hosted by Reading University on the importance of companies having a social purpose. Professor Emma Borg reflected on how ethical business behaviour can result in happier, healthier and more productive employees, greater loyalty from customers and suppliers and ultimately boost a company's bottom line and this naturally made me reflect on what we do here at Stanton House. As a member of our CSR committee, I think about our social purpose regularly. This year, our big fundraising event sent 11 of us jumping out of a plane and facing our fears with a sky dive and we raised almost £5,000. Of course, this allows the business to give to a charity we really care about, EducAid. It provides a great talking point with similarly aligned businesses and of course, allowed for some great pictures for a press-release! But, most importantly, at the very core of it enabled us as 11 individuals to come together and face our fears as one. The day had an incredibly long run up, with high fundraising targets and only four months to get there. The day itself involved travelling to a remote corner of Wiltshire, arriving from Bristol, Reading, London, Guildford and even Edinburgh. We brought our friends and families, our nerves and some bubbly for after. Unusually for a group of recruiters, we were all very quiet after the safety talks at the prospect of hurtling towards the ground at deadly speeds. There were some tears and lots of motivational hugs, words of encouragement and entertainment from little Rufus, our youngest supporter at just 18 months old. After the jump, we were elated. There is nothing quite like falling through the sky with your colleagues, knowing that you’ve made a big impact to a charity you all care about and knowing that you’ve supported each other through a pretty weird situation. We all came back to work on Monday feeling like a team and knowing we work for an organisation that makes a positive impact in the world. With the year almost over, a few bake-offs, a skills auction and a Christmas jumper day left to go, we will most likely raise over £12,000. Our social impact can be clearly measured but let’s not forget about the impact companies can have on individual employees when they encourage them to go out of their comfort zone.
13 Dec 2019
Take 11 people, terrified of heights, and ask them to jump out of a plane… 10,000 feet and 30 seconds free-fall later and it seems the team have faced their biggest fear yet. Each of them strapped to expert Skydivers for their tandem jump, overcoming a shared feeling of dread, plunged 10,000 feet onto a field near Salisbury and it wasn’t just for the fun of it. The team deriving from our Edinburgh, Reading, Guildford and London offices raised almost £5,000 for our charity partner EducAid, adding to the grand total of more than £30,000 and raising enough to home, school and feed 15 more children in Sierra Leone for an entire year. Chief Customer Officer, Nick Eaves, was among the jumpers and said; “It was inspirational to witness each member of the team overcome their fear for such a great cause. Massive thanks to the generosity of our friends, family and customers in ensuring that these efforts make such a meaningful difference to the lives of young people.” You can congratulate Tim, Jess, Jake, Elle, Rich, Matt, Ryan, Josh, Nick, Nina and Kirsty on LinkedIn or continue supporting their skydive on our Wonderful page here.
09 Sep 2019
The team shirts have been delivered and in less than a week Kevin, Stuart and Don will tackle the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise money for the Guildford-based mental health charity Oakleaf. The best of luck to all three and you can donate to each of the riders by clicking the links below:Donate to Kevin Culverhouse Donate to Stuart LeversDonate to Don Fletcher
29 Jul 2019
The Stanton House team is facing their biggest challenge yet this September as they skydive for charity. 15 consultants and support staff from across our four UK offices are facing their fears on 7th September to raise money for EducAid which provides education, food and a place of safety to Sierra Leone's most vulnerable young people. With a collective target of £6,000, the group hope to raise enough money to feed, school, medicate and home a whole class of children for a whole year. Chief Customer Officer and co-founder Nick Eaves said: "I am incredibly proud of the Stanton House team for their huge efforts last year in raising money for such a brilliant cause. "From Hong Kong to the Yorkshire Peaks, the team pushed themselves to achieve feats of endurance worthy of sponsorship from friends and family and raised more than £20,000, enough to fund the building of a small school in Sierra Leone. "It is a pleasure to contribute to such a life changing outcome for children in Sierra Leone, and to continue to support the wonderful people at EducAid and I'm both excited and terrified to be partaking in this year's charity challenge." You can donate here.
03 May 2019
From climbing mountains to tackling obstacle courses and auctioning their skills off for charity, the Stanton House team has spent another year raising a lot of money for EducAid. If you haven't heard of EducAid, it's our charity partner that promotes and provides high quality, holistic education to the underprivilidged and war affected young people of Sierra Leone. £250 will provide education, food and medical care for one child a year and this year the team have raised more than £20,615 - enough to fund the food, schooling and education of 82 children for an entire year or the equivalent of funding the build of a small school in Sierra Leone. Nick Eaves, Chief Customer Officer was joined by Andrew Brown, Chairman of Stanton House and Erin Northey, CEO of EducAid last week as we presented the charity with a cheque for the yearly fundraising. Andrew Brown generously matched our £10,000 target pushing us over the £20,000 threshhold for EducAid. Nick said: "I am very proud of the Stanton House team for their huge efforts last year in raising money for such a brilliant cause. From Hong Kong to the Yorkshire Peaks, the team pushed themselves to achieve feats of endurance worthy of sponsorship from friends and family — a feat that gets harder every year! It is a pleasure to contribute to such a life changing outcome for children in Sierra Leone, and to continue to support the wonderful people at EducAid.” --------Read about our journey with EducAid here.
28 Jan 2019
Despite the heatwave, the team conquered Yorkshire’s famous three-peaks raising £11,492 for EducAid and transforming the lives of 45 young Sierra Leoneans in the process.If you haven’t heard of EducAid, it’s a charity on an international mission to provide an education and place of safety to young people in Sierra Leone and the 25-mile walk across Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough was the latest Stanton House challenge in a long line of fundraising events for the charity.CEO and co-founder of Stanton House, Neil Wilson, led the charity challenge this weekend and said: “It was hard work and particularly tough due to the weather, but it was worth every minute to know that we will be able to help so many more children in Sierra Leone.“I would like to thank every donor who supported the cause and of course huge congratulations to my fellow hikers who did a tremendous job in not only raising money but keeping the spirit alive and providing a constant reminder of why we took on the challenge to begin with. A proud moment for Stanton House and all that took part.”Although there were many people involved in making Saturday’s challenge a success – there were nine individuals that made the climb all in the name of charity and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to help so many children.Congratulations to Neil, Tyler, George, Henry, Josh, Micaela, Danielle, Audrey and Nina who made the climb.
26 Jun 2018