National Express West Midlands aiming to smash it for St Basils
Some of the Halloween 'Fake It or Bake It' treats from staff
National Express West Midlands has so far this year raised over £800 for local charity St Basils - and is hoping to smash a £1,000 target before the end of this year.
The bus operator’s head office, which has over 150 employees based in Bordesley, selected youth homelessness charity St Basils as its community partner for 2017 and staff have been busy raising much needed funds through a series of engaging events including dress down days, raffles, baking competitions and cake sales.
Some of Bordesley’s most recent fundraising events included a chocolate raffle and a Halloween ‘Bake It or Fake It’ competition with tasty treats being sold off and a total of £310 from sales and donations going directly to St Basils charity.
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, said, “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support of the fantastic Bordesley head office team at National Express West Midlands. Their ongoing support to our work is helping to improve the lives of thousands of young people across the West Midlands. On behalf of them all, thank you.”
Rachael Ashford, HR Advisor and Community Champion at National Express West Midlands, said: "We are proud to be a part of the communities we serve and we're delighted to be able to support a local charity that works tirelessly to address youth homelessness. We have had a lot of fun raising money for St Basils so far this year and we're hoping to smash £1,000 before the year is out."
In addition to the community partnership with National Express West Midlands, St Basils was also successful in securing a £2,500 community grant from the National Express Foundation, the transport operator’s own registered UK charity.