The people I work with are incredible. They’re all extremely hard working, always get stuck into a challenge and aren’t afraid of getting out of their comfort zone – they truly amaze me. I’m not just talking about in their day jobs.
Through the My Home Move Charitable Trust and our ‘Do The Right Thing’ initiative, everyone at My Home Move is dedicated to raising money to help charities in our communities that support people dealing with homelessness. In Leicester, Manchester, Northampton, and now in Leeds, we help organisations that offer food and shelter, as well as rehabilitation and support services.
Since we established Do The Right Thing in 2011, we’ve conquered some incredible challenges to get people in our community the help that they need. Here’s a little break down of what we’ve done:
- We’ve walked, run, climbed, cycled and skipped over 13,000 miles.
- We’ve conquered 36,689ft of mountain ranges.
- We’ve burned over 50,000 calories in danceathons.
- We’ve lost over 420lbs in biggest loser challenges.
- We’ve drank over 26,000 cups of charity tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
- We’ve gamed, quizzed, raffled, dressed up, dressed down and given all we can.
And you know what, I reckon there isn’t a person at My Home Move that didn’t love every minute of it. Because through the treks and the challenges, the muscle aches and the blisters – we’ve raised an incredible £100,000 for the people supported by the good causes we donate to.
In 2017, we broke all of our fundraising records to raise a staggering £28,000, with the help of our industry partners and their support. With the donations we have made to our good causes this year alone, we’ve been able to help the organisations provide the following:
The Bridge, Leicester – The donation paid for a 3-course Christmas lunch for 70 homeless people. It will also fund their breakfast service (which runs five mornings a week) every week for the year, plus provide the money needed for their Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon food sessions – basically their entire food provision for the homeless people of Leicester for 2018.
Mustard Tree, Manchester – Mustard Tree will use the donation to provide the following to the people they support in Greater Manchester:
- Counselling for 20 people on their Freedom Project
- To run their Food Club for six months which provides 9,882 meals for 2,470 people
- Provide a full customer services training course for 10 individuals
- Provide hot meals for 100 people at their weekly soup kitchen
Snehalaya Children’s Home, India – Father Sunny, who runs the children’s home, has been able to:
- Build a cattle shed for the two cows that provide fresh milk for the children
- Buy various medicines for the children in the home
- Buy essential equipment for the children’s vocational training
- Buy furniture for their new Rehabilitation Home, which was partly funded by our donations from 2016
- Pay their employee’s salaries for a month
The Hope Centre, Northampton – One of the areas that the Hope Centre focuses on is helping their clients to improve skills to help them back to independent living and hopefully employment. They plan to use our 2017 donation to pay for the provision of their training courses for the next 12 months.
It’s safe to say that we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and I know that hearing how we make a difference only makes us more determined to keep pushing ourselves to the limit to raise even more for those less fortunate than ourselves.
So I’d like to say thank you to everyone that has gotten involved so far, by taking part or donating, and I can’t wait to see us hit the next big fundraising milestone – quarter of a million!