With Christmas over and the New Year off to a good start it’s time to think about how we can make a difference in 2014.

We have been enthusiastic supporters of The Donna Louise Trust for a number of years now and each year we challenge ourselves to raise more funds than we did in the previous year.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust provides end of life care & bereavement support to children with life-limiting conditions & their families.  The time these children have really is precious and the Trust works hard to create a warm and caring environment that engenders happy memories for the children and an often much needed rest for their families.

The Donna Louise’s mission is to ‘make every moment count’ and this is something they do without government funding.  It costs a staggering £6,600 per day for them to keep providing the much needed care and support, they offer to the hundreds of local families who use the services each year.  Knowing how much it costs to keep these services in place and seeing the wonderful work they do, gives us the incentive to go the extra mile with our challenges and really try to make a difference.

We are hopeful that 2014 will see an increase in employee engagement and are keen to support our staff with whatever fundraising ideas they may have; we already have a number of employees, including our chief executive, who really throw themselves into their fundraising and take on some amazing personal challenges in their efforts to raise funds for The Trust.  Some of our more competitive staff have really taken their fundraising challenge to another level this year and entered into the largest European Ironman event!

Here at Red Industries we will continue to do what we can to help our local children’s charity and we are confident that this years challenge will enable us to raise a good deal of much needed funding.  We really hope than when we start asking for sponsors everyone will be able to give something; even the smallest donation can make a difference to a local child and their family.