Corporate Social Responsibility

It’s been a busy year in the Cathedral Appointments office: not just because of the numerous roles we have successfully filled but because between it all, we have been getting involved with some fantastic local and national charity events.

January was the time for ‘Dryathlons’ (some ending less successfully than others!) before we donned the customary Red Noses to brighten up the office on a cold March day. Carol was the first out of the blocks with getting fit and put us all to shame when she embarked on her first 10k in aid of Age UK and raised over £300. Following this, in April, we sponsored a Spring Ball being organised by the Devon branch of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, which was held in aid of the Southernhay Child Contact Centre – a local project designed to give separated parents a neutral meeting ground in order to spend time with their children.

As we reached June, Carol, Jo H and Ellie entered the Michlemores 5k in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The three looked rather dashing in their lurid green but between them they trotted around the City and all crossed the line in new PB’s. In the process, over £29,000 was raised for Macmillan by over 1000 runners taking part.

For some, the fitness bug took over and summer was spent training – swimming, in Ellie’s case. In early September, she donned a wetsuit and took a brave leap in to the murky waters of the River Dart to swim 10k from Totnes to Dittisham as part of a combined fundraising effort. Later in September, everyone was far more inclined to get involved where there was cake! On Macmillian’s coffee morning, we raised nearly £45 from having a cuppa on what was a gloriously sunny day! Following this, we helped to sponsor another Ball in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance, held by Exeter’s Young Business Networking Group (XYBC). The event, attended by a range of young professionals in Exeter, raised nearly £300 for the charity whilst also raising awareness of the difficulties faced by the helicopter crews.

October showed no signs of abating – first up was the inaugural Exeter Cathedral Quiz. Attended with the best of intentions by all but we fell flat at the first hurdle; our General Knowledge was abysmal! It was a great night though and a chance for the local business community to help raise funds for the Cathedral Charity. Soon after, we got involved with Hospiscare’s “Bring a £1 Day” – such a simple idea to help vital fundraising for the region’s local Hospice.

In Mid-October, Jo was flying the CathApps flag at the Devon Community Foundation’s annual awards. We sponsored the “Bringing People Together Volunteer of the Year Award”- ‘The award is designed to honour the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our local Devon communities.’ Jo was overwhelmed by the fabulous work the Foundation were doing and the wonderful people involved in all their hard work.

A few days later, the jubilant joggers were back on the road as Ellie, Carol and Jo H donned their trainers once more to pound the streets of Exeter – this time for the slightly more daunting Great West Run. With a couple of dodgy knees and some questionable Lycra between them, they all put in fantastic performances thanks to the support of everyone in Exeter lining the route. As the second part of Ellie’s fitness fundraising challenge, she has now raised over £500 for the Devon Air Ambulance and Parkinson’s UK charities.

As the year came to a close, we wrapped everything up with a more festive approach, building our own Christmas Foodie Hamper to raffle off in aid of Hospiscare once more.

Our Charity of the Year

Each year, we choose a local charity to support in a range of activities along side our other charity work. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 this was Hospiscare - a local charity whose services are provided free of charge with the support of the local community. The vital service they offer to people with a terminal diagnosis make them a really important local charity.

In 2015 alongside our continued support for Hospiscare, we also supported the Devon Community Foundation. 'The foundation is a unique organisation, privileged to be working alongside people who are motivated by wanting to make a difference across Devon. We use our knowledge of local needs and the voluntary sector to manage high impact distribution of funds designed to achieve sustainable outcomes, awarding financial support on behalf of our Fund holders and donors, which enable local people to achieve inspiring change in their communities.

The Foundation provides a flexible and personal way for individuals and organisations to invest in local projects, helping to ensure Devon’s communities thrive.

If you would like to speak to us about being our Charity of the Year, please call us on 01392 413577.