FirstGroup staff and families have raised over £4 million for the Save the Children charity since adopting the charity as their own in 2007.
Says Tim O’Toole, FirstGroup’s Chief Executive, ‘Our staff throughout the UK have embraced Save the Children in a way we could not have predicted. From our running of marathons, losing weight and shaving heads, our people have been very creative in their fund-raising and overwhelmingly supportive.
‘I am extremely proud that the partnership has raised £4 million so far and look forward to continuing that support in 2011.’
Jasmine Whitbread of Save The Children said, ‘Everyone at Save the Children is enormously appreciative of FirstGroup’s support since 2007, which to date has generated huge value, with funds and gifts in kind worth £4 million. Over the last four years we have seen FirstGroup staff finding imaginative ways to raise money, generous corporate donations to support our education and community projects in the UK.’
FirstGroup’s cash donations to the charity include corporate donations, money raised by staff and funds generated by its Annual Dinner Dance and its First Monster Challenge duathlon events.