Benenden bears charity donation by Benenden Healthcare
7th December 2012
Ahead of the festive season, the York-based mutual health and well-being organisation, Benenden Healthcare Society, have donated over 2000 Benenden teddy-bears to charities and schools all over the UK.
As part of a ‘Giving the Gift’ campaign combining staff volunteering & fundraising in the run-up to Christmas, over 25 charities and schools across the UK have benefited from this donation of teddy-bears.
Staff at the York-based business were asked to nominate charities who they would like to see the bears donated to before the bears were distributed to needy individuals both within the local Yorkshire region and further afield.
Charities who have benefited from the donations include local Yorkshire charities and hospitals such as Martin’s House Hospice, SNAPPY, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, York Foodbank, Castle Hill Hospital, and St. Leonard’s Hospice – as well as national charities which support vulnerable children such as Action for Children and Barnardo’s,
Marc Bell, Marketing and Business Strategy Director said ‘Benenden Healthcare has been running a ‘Giving the Gift’ campaign in the run-up to Christmas. This campaign combines volunteering and fundraising by staff and we have already raised money through cake sales as well collecting items for a local foodbank.
‘This major part of the campaign demonstrated our keenness to help provide children and vulnerable individuals with gifts this Christmas. We were really keen to donate our bears to charity and see them benefit children ahead of the Christmas season both within the local community and nationally. We’ve had a great response from the charities and schools who have received the donations and we are really glad that the bears have good homes to go to this Christmas.
‘As a mutual organisation, we are a community of 900,000 people across the UK and by using the power of our community, we are in a natural position to help those who will struggle this Christmas.’
This Christmas, Benenden Healthcare staff will also be volunteering with the elderly, donating further gifts to local charity appeals and supporting the Lord Mayor of York’s Christmas Cheer event.