A 2018 wrap up of charity highlights

20th December 2018

As Christmas is the time for giving, I wanted to reflect at some highlights throughout the year which really make CitySprint Group the people-focused business it is today.

We have been supporting our main charity partner, Crisis for 8 years now. We believe this issue is so important, as the number of homeless is still on the rise, with the rate of rough sleeping doubling over the past five years. Crisis has Christmas centres which provide shelter, clothing, warm meals and medical help for homeless people over the festive period, in addition to the long-term help the 12 Crisis centres all over the country provide 365 days a year, through support in the areas such as housing, employment and health.  Last year, they helped 11,000 people out of homelessness.

“Ultimately, homelessness can and must be ended, but until then, Crisis Christmas centres are a lifeline for thousands of homeless people across the country who would otherwise be sleeping in the bitter cold or trapped in other unsuitable accommodation,” said Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis.

Our support for Crisis over the last 8 years includes the provision of vehicles both over the Christmas period to collect donations for their Christmas centres, and throughout the rest of year for their permanent centres, which, for example, has helped their members move in to new accommodation, making a difference every day across the country.

So, we really welcome the fact that at the beginning of December, The Sunday Times chose the charity we have supported for 8 years, Crisis, as their Christmas Appeal. So far the Sunday Times Crisis Christmas appeal has raised over £169,000 – if you would like to donate, you can do so here.

This year, we have also supported other causes such as Macmillan Cancer, Save the Children, Traid, Cancer Research, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.  The employees at CitySprint have raised money for these and others through our annual charity football between Sales and Operations, Summer BBQs and cake sales, as well as the odd skydive! Events like these not only help such worthy causes, but they bring people together in times when it is most needed.

We are really proud of our long-term partnership with Crisis and looking forward to continuing to support them and other great causes throughout 2019 and beyond.

One of our CitySprint Group values is we are human and I cherish the idea of this. Our business always has and always will be about people, so I would like to thank each and every one of our teams for their continued hard work and dedication this year.

I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and all the best in the New Year.