Staff dress down to step up charitable work
Published by Sarah Thomas for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Raising a mug to charity during their Dress Down Friday and Macmillan Coffee Morning are (back, left to right) Sharon McGuire and Sarah Huseyin with (front) Angie Grimes and Lucy Lynn.
Generous staff at Wellingborough’s largest housing provider have swapped their suits and ties for jeans and jumpers to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
Staff at Wellingborough Homes – a not-for-profit housing association set up to meet the housing needs of people in the area – came up with the idea for ‘Dress Down Fridays’.
The scheme involves giving staff the chance to wear casual clothes to work one day each week, and paying a minimum of 20p to a chosen charity in return.
Tenants and staff have been consulted on which local and national charities should be supported, with the most popular ones receiving the proceeds from a number of weeks, instead of just one Friday.
The campaign has already raised well over £400 for good causes since Wellingborough Homes started the special Fridays at the end of July.
Organisations to benefit include two local charities – Animals in Need (Northamptonshire), an animal sanctuary based in Little Irchester, and the Daylight Centre, a homeless service in Wellingborough.
National charities to receive funds include the Stroke Association, Stand Up To Cancer and Genetic Disorders UK.
Wellingborough Homes tenants are now being urged to nominate more worthy causes to benefit from the fundraising drive. People can vote online via the Wellingborough Homes website at www.wellingboroughhomes.org or through its Facebook or Twitter pages.
Debbie Reynolds, Director of Organisational Development at Wellingborough Homes, said: “We have been overwhelmed by how popular our Dress Down Fridays have turned out to be.
“Staff enjoy coming in to work in more casual wear once a week, and it is a fun way to raise funds for such deserving causes.”
A group of team leaders at Wellingborough Homes – Angie Grimes, Sarah Huseyin, Caroline Berwick, Selina Bhambra, Lucy Lynn, Sharon McGuire and Sue Dedman – hit on the idea of Dress Down Fridays during a training programme, after deciding they wanted to do something to support other good causes.
The latest tally from the scheme follows another successful charity event run by Wellingborough Homes.
Along with proceeds from that week’s Dress Down Friday, coffee mornings held in September at its Thompson Court office and sheltered housing schemes Barringers Court and Hearnden Court raised £561.84 for Macmillan Cancer Support.