The managers at Hinckley & Rugby Building Society swapped their desks and computers for sponges and buckets to clean colleagues’ cars during a week of fundraising for the business volunteering charity Leicestershire Cares.
During the first ever Leicestershire Cares Week, which saw firms across the county devote time to raising funds for the charity, Hinckley & Rugby staff also took part in a table football tournament and bought tickets for a raffle with a prize of an extra day of holiday.
Carla Loughrey, the Leicestershire Cares Champion at Hinckley & Rugby, said: “Getting your manager to clean your car proved a very popular way to donate.
“There was understandably huge interest in winning a day off work. Our staff are always keen to support all the wonderful things Leicestershire Cares does.”
Cares projects which Society staff get involved with include Number Partners, where each week staff volunteers go to Manorfield Primary School in Stoney Stanton to play maths-based board games with pupils.
Staff members also take part in Go for Reading, providing one-to-one literacy support, and Interview Techniques for GCSE students at Redmoor Academy and Hinckley Academy. Volunteers also take part in Team Challenges in the community and support Leicestershire Cares’ annual Collect for Christmas appeal.
In total 20 cars were washed, including by chief executive Chris White and fellow director Andrew Payton. The extra day of holiday was won by receptionist Gill Potkins. The raffle also saw a luxury hamper won by Mel Aspden from the savings team. In total, the Society’s staff raised £500 for the Leicestershire Cares Week appeal.
Joanne Hudson, membership coordinator at Leicestershire Cares, said:
“Cares Week has been both a powerful and empowering experience for all of our member companies who took part and Hinckley and Rugby Building Society have embraced the aims and risen to the challenge yet again. Thank you to staff at the Society for their fundraising efforts and caring about their community.”