Council staff raise money for charity

Liverpool City Council’s first year of corporate fundraising by staff has seen more than £6,000 raised for local good causes. 

During 2013, council employees baked, biked, rally car raced and ran to raise money for two charities – Zoe’s Place Liverpool who offer respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and Teenage Cancer Trust which provides suitable care and facilities for teenagers while they undergo treatment for cancer.

Staff have given up their own time to ensure the council’s Charity Champions scheme had a great year and, thanks to the generosity of colleagues, council Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald has handed over cheques to both charities.

Carol Kirkham, Fundraising Manager for Zoe’s Place Liverpool said “We are absolutely delighted with the support we have received from Liverpool City Council. To raise over £3,000 for us in their first year is a fantastic achievement and the money will be put to good use, buying high-quality equipment for the young people who we care for at Zoe’s Place.”

Sian Day, Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust, said “Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting young people with cancer. We rely on voluntary donations like this one to continue our vital work; bringing young people with cancer together to be treated at our specialist units, like the one at Alder Hey. We are extremely grateful to Liverpool City Council for their support, helping to transform the lives of young people with cancer across Merseyside.”

Chair of the council’s Charity Champions scheme, Pete Flynn, was amazed by the reaction of staff to fundraising events, “The generosity of staff over the past year has been fantastic, I hope that we can continue our good work this year in order to support our two new local charities.”