Acronyms, a Plymouth-based IT and unified comms company, has been supporting CHICKS since 2017. Their continued support in sponsoring events, fundraising for us and providing free volunteer training has made a significant contribution to our ongoing challenge of raising awareness and vital funds.
Sponsorship: Santa Fun Run
As the principal sponsor of our annual Tavistock Santa Fun Run, Acronyms has supported the event since 2017, providing much needed funds and on-the-day support from staff who have kindly given up their time to volunteer.
Sponsorship of this event has included placement of the company's logo at the start and finish of the race, acknowledgment within the starting speech, a corporate banner placement, sponsor profile promotion throughout CHICKS' social media channels, in-shot brand placements on post-event photography, and recognition throughout all pre and post-event press releases.
Kayleigh Young-Valentine, CHICKS Events Fundraiser, said: “Huge thanks to Acronyms and all the wonderful volunteers who helped out on the day. Together, this support has generated vital income that will enable more children to enjoy a break at CHICKS over Christmas and in the months to come.”
Dave Smith, Managing Director of Acronyms, added: “It’s been a pleasure supporting CHICKS with their Tavistock Santa Fun Run. The charity provides much-needed support for those that need it most all year round. However, providing a Christmas to kids that may otherwise not have one is really special. Well done and thank you to all those who took part or volunteered.”
Acronyms always has an exciting and fast-paced fundraising calendar. The team frequently takes part in endurance runs, which in the past have included the Plymouth 10k, the South West Coast Path Trail Challenge and many more.
Frazer Lloyd-Davies, Marketing Manager of Acronyms, commented about the latter event: “This run was extremely difficult, but great fun and all for a fantastic cause. Running for the children CHICKS support made the cliffs a little easier to scale!”
Tom Moore, Acronyms Business Development Manager, agreed: “This was the first trail run we’ve taken part in, and certainly a formidable challenge. The sun made things hot, but I’m glad we both got across the line in a respectable time and hopefully managed to raise awareness of the magnificent work CHICKS does.”
Investing in the local community: free volunteer training
Acronyms has worked in partnership with the New Continental Hotel in Plymouth to fund rooms and refreshments for 26 CHICKS volunteer training sessions. During 2018, more than 150 volunteers travelled from all over the country to support the children attending CHICKS' South West breaks.
Richard Whitehouse, former Head of Respite Breaks at CHICKS, explained: "These volunteer training sessions are a brilliant opportunity to get the whole team together and set the scene. We talk about what we expect the week to be like, what atmosphere we’ll be trying to create depending on the dynamics of the group of children our volunteers will be working with, and how to maintain their own, and the children’s emotional and physical safety.
“We are hugely grateful to Acronyms for supplying the space and refreshments we need to hold these vitally important sessions completely free of charge.”
Dave Smith, Managing Director at Acronyms, said: “I’m extremely proud that Acronyms can continue to support CHICKS by making training facilities available for respite break volunteers. The truth is though, very little would be possible without the help of these volunteers, so the real appreciation must go to them.”
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