Sickle Cell charity representatives visit Brixton garage to say thanks for Payroll Giving donations
Each year, our staff continue to give generously to over 160 charities every week through our Payroll Giving scheme, and 2018 looks to be no exception. For this year’s campaign, as well as committing to The Lord Mayor’s Show and #Giving Tuesday, we decided to invite some of the charities to visit our garages, along with our colleagues at Payroll Giving in Action, and meet with the staff who are giving so generously.
Last week, we were delighted to welcome Michelle Salter and Donna Prendergast from the Sickle Cell Society to our Brixton garage, to meet with some of the givers and also record a few words about what the Payroll Givers' generosity means to their charity.
Michelle, who is the vice chair and treasurer of the society in the UK, explained:
"The Sickle Cell Society is Britain's only national charity for sickle cell disorders, an inherited haemoglobin disorder. It aims to raise awareness of sickle cell disorders, push for improvements to treatment and provide advice, information and support to the sickle cell community. Currently, Payroll Giving represents ten percent of our income. Without it, we wouldn't be able to run the children's holidays and our administration would completely dry up, and there wouldn't be a Sickle Cell Service."
Her associate Donna, who is the society's South London community manager, is currently managing a big Lottery funded project called the South London Sickle Cell Link, said:
"Payroll Giving is essential to us. It's our bread and butter and the contributions made by Arriva London's staff are really valuable, and we would like to say a big thank you to them.
Payroll Giving donations keep us going. Obviously, with funders giving us money it helps, but it’s not guaranteed. But with donations coming from Payroll Givers, it gives us something that's continual, which gives us sustainability we wouldn't otherwise have.”
Published : Wed 6th Dec. 2017 - Wed 7th Feb. 2018
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