At the beginning of each year, St Johns chooses a charity that is close to our hearts to support and fundraise for. Throughout 2023, we are proud to be supporting four brilliant charities: Alzheimer’s Society, Leeds Baby Bank, Leeds Mind and Zarach.
In 2022, we supported Zarach in their efforts to support families in need. Child poverty is a huge problem in the UK and it is becoming more and more prevalent in recent times. Zarach work on a referral basis and support families in crisis, providing them with essentials for children, with one of their focuses being to end child bed poverty. They provide bed bundles which include beds, mattresses, pyjamas and bedding to children who do not have them, as well as other essentials. They work on a referral basis and accept donations of new items including bedding and pyjamas for all ages. These can also be brought to us at the Management Suite. Every penny and every pound raised makes a difference to this charity and to the families they support. Throughout the first quarter of 2023, we will be supporting them in three ways: raising awareness, supporting fundraising campaigns and volunteering our time to assist with their work. We hope you will support us in any way you are able.
During February 2023, some of the team were lucky enough to volunteer with Zarach and see some of the fantastic work they do first hand. Steve Burns, Soft Services Manager, and Fiona Douglas, Cleaning Supervisor, visited Healthy Holidays and worked with a group of volunteers to offer a healthy lunch, outdoor play and lots of fun to children from the local community. Emily Carter, Marketing Coordinator, and Jenny Murphy, Office Manager, visited the warehouse where the bed bundle magic happens. They spent the morning with Zarach’s wonderful driver, Elaine delivering beds and other essential items to families living in Leeds. Giving our time to such an amazing charity is incredibly important to us and we look forward to joining them again throughout March