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Prospects supports #GivingTuesday

29 November 2016

Prospects has supported #GivingTuesday ever since it came to the UK in 2014. Prospects colleagues are always keen to support good causes and help those in need, indeed helping people improve their lives is at the heart of what we do as business. Already this year Prospects colleagues have raised almost £12,000 for various charities!

This year Prospects is turning #GivingTuesday on its head. Instead of asking colleagues to support a cause, Prospects is showing its support for colleagues’ fundraising and volunteering efforts through an awards programme.

Colleagues were invited to nominate themselves or colleagues in one (or more) of four categories.

The award categories

Charity Champion

A colleague who has fundraised, volunteered and/or inspired others to donate their time or money. This could be through raising the profile of one charity or many, organising an event or events at work or elsewhere, collecting donations and/or volunteering.

Community Champion

A colleague who has made a positive contribution to a community they are a part of.

Above and beyond

A colleague who always does more for customers than expected.

Most generous team

The team who are always enthusiastic about helping others through raising awareness, fundraising or volunteering. [NB the team will need to select a charity together.]

Prospects received nominations from 19 colleagues. Those nominated include:

  • Nigel Smith
  • Jane Houghton
  • Jo Rowley
  • Nicola Macfarlane
  • Jen Garfield
  • Kirsty Bradley
  • Black Country House finance and payroll team (Jane Levell, Rob Blower, Jane Houghton, Keith Tandy, Linda Faulkner, Pam Stevens)
  • Quality and Business Improvement Team (Antony Pearce, Tim Van Dyke, Jo Yoxall, Michelle Jackson, Tony Weight, Lisa Ferguson, Richard Ryder, Shirin Bascombe, Andy Gill and Lucy McQueen)
  • 3 peaks challenge team (Steph Reynolds, Alona De Havilland, Martin Collard, Cheryl Held, Beth (Elizabeth) Gallagher, Claire Stepney, Jen (Jenny) Delderfield, Guy Squibb, Maiyu Castle, Phil Cairns, Rachel Parkin, Alastair Gilchrist, Mark Mitchell, Hailey Collins, Rachel Turner, Hemisha Moraji)

Each winner (or winning team) will get to select a charity which Prospects will donate £100 to.

So who are the winners?

The winner of the Above and Beyond award is…

Nigel Smith, Prospects Adviser, Work Programme South West

Nominated by: Alona De Havilland, PR Manager

Nigel was driving between appointments when he spotted a man on the side of the road, thinking he was having a heart attack, Nigel stopped his car to help. It soon became clear that the man was disorientated and suffering from exhaustion. Nigel convinced him to accept a lift. On the journey they chatted and Nigel bought the man a sandwich.

Nigel realised the man had little idea who he was or where he was going. Nigel drove him to the local homeless shelter and ensured he was safe, before continuing on with his day.

The man, Roger, had walked out of his home on Sunday, Nigel found him on Tuesday and he was reunited with his family on Wednesday after a large scale online appeal.

Alona said:
“What makes Nigel’s contribution significant, is not that he sought any recognition, but he stopped because it was the right and human thing to do. I am nominating Nigel because these are the qualities we want to celebrate in colleagues”.

The winner of the Charity Champion award is…

Jo Rowley, Early Years Inspector

Nominated by: Hayley Marshall-Gowen, Becky Williams, Lynn Hughes, Lynn Clements, Michelle Baldock, Maura Pigram, Ann Cozzi, Val Fane and Alison Reeves.

Jo is fundraiser of the year 2016 & charity ambassador for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. The foundation ensures that couples affected by terminal and life limiting illnesses are able to experience the wedding of their dreams. It’s one day that so many of us take for granted, but to these couples it’s everything; a chance to smile with friends and family, and an opportunity to commit to one another. Jo organises, fundraises & raises awareness everywhere she goes. To date she has raised over £5000 for this charity.

Some of those who nominated said:
“Jo is tireless in her fundraising efforts for the wedding wishing well foundation. She has completed significant feats of endurance to raise funds despite her own physical challenges and pain. Her enthusiasm and tenacity is admirable and all of team 10 are extremely proud of her.”

“She is inspirational in how she talks about the people that she helps raise the money with and for. She updates the team on her achievements but never in a pushy way and always in a positive manner, even when there would easily be many heart-breaking stories behind the fund raising. I could not think of a better charity champion.”

“Jo runs, cycles, holds pamper evenings and basically will do anything she can to raise extra money for the charity. She can only achieve this by giving up her weekends and putting every spare moment she has into organising these events and taking part.”

“Jo Rowley has worked tirelessly taking part in marathons, holding raffles, selling home-made goods, collecting empty ink cartridges, to name just a few activities.”

“She is always there to help and support her colleagues and her energy is inspirational to us all. People like her really make a difference to the charity she fundraises for but also as a member of the human race, she sets us an example to be very proud of and to strive to emulate.”

“She deserves to be the Charity Champion as she inspires all of us in her team to donate and take part in the events she organises.”

“Jo is always very appreciative of any support our team gives the Foundation.”

Runners up:
Jane Houghton, Finance Assistant – Sales Ledger
Nicola Macfarlane, Team Leader, Work Programme South West
Rachael.Carn-Stevens, Adviser, National Careers Service London

The winner of the Community Champion award is…

Kirsty Bradley, Senior Administrator, Work Programme South West
Nominated by: Charlotte, Tracey, Sasha and Will

Kirsty donated 100 shoe boxes to a homeless charity last year. She has also completed a walk in Bristol to raise awareness of dementia, in the process raising more than £250. She regularly donates clothes to a women’s refuge.

Charlotte, Tracey, Sasha and Will, said:
“We think she should win as she is always putting people before herself and has strong charitable values.”

Runners up:
Jen Garfield, Operations Manager, Work Programme South West
Nigel Smith, Prospects Adviser on Work Programme South West

The winner of the Most Generous Team award is…

Black Country Finance & Payroll Team - Jane Levell, Rob Blower, Jane Houghton, Keith Tandy, Linda Faulkner, Pam Stevens.
Nominated by: Jane Levell, Group Payroll & Finance Manager

Black Country Finance & Payoll Team have supported numerous charity fund raising events over many years.

Charities supported have included Cancer Research, Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Jeans for Genes.

Events have ranged from organising the 3 Peaks Challenge for Cancer Research, dressing up, cake baking, raffles, selling samosas but most of all eating lots and lots, giving generously while having fun.

The team also encourage the rest of Black Country House to join in.

Jane said:
“…these activities have become part of who we are as a team. It is also doing something positive together outside of our regular work that builds our team spirit.”

Runners up:

Quality and Business Improvement Team (Antony Pearce, Tim Van Dyke, Jo Yoxall, Michelle Jackson, Tony Weight, Lisa Ferguson, Richard Ryder, Shirin Bascombe, Andy Gill and Lucy McQueen)

3 Peaks Challenge Team (Steph Reynolds, Alona De Havilland, Martin Collard, Cheryl Held, Beth (Elizabeth) Gallagher, Claire Stepney, Jen (Jenny) Delderfield, Guy Squibb,

Congratulations to all those who won an award. Well done to all those who were nominated. And a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone or a team.

Prospects colleagues are generous in so many ways. They will be sharing their #unselfies throughout the day to highlight the charities they support, how and why.


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