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It’s all about our community as Progress to Excellence Ltd celebrates year of fundraising

A year of fundraising efforts by Progress to Excellence Ltd and its partners has resulted in a massive sum of almost £10,000 going to the charity Autism Together.

All funds have gone towards the cost of building additional rooms on to Autism Together’s respite unit The Ferns at Raby Hall, near Bromborough, a vital facility created following an appeal in response to a looming crisis in the provision of respite care in the region.

The 12-month programme of innovative and energetic fundraising ranged from fitness challenges and abseiling  to individual staff initiatives, online collections and a donation from the company’s charity budget.

However, the largest sum was proceeds from the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards held in October when a total of £4,424.59 was raised.

The RiverSign Choir, a community group of sign language users who performed at the awards ceremony, donated part of their fee for the day to Autism Together and a similar generous gesture was made by the event’s AV specialists, Sterling Event Group.

A separate cheque for £1,000 was presented to the charity by Andrew Hood, Operations Manager at Recruit.withcare, whose seven-strong team from Milton Keynes-based Progress to Excellence Ltd strategic partners took part in the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge earlier this year.

The final total for the year amounted to £9,910.32.

As well as the huge effort for Autism Together, Progress to Excellence Ltd provided extra support throughout the year for a large number of other local charities and good causes not only by fundraising but also by volunteering and by sponsoring or taking part in community activities.

Organisations supported included Wirral Mencap, with staff offering work shadow opportunities at the Pacific Road headquarters for service users, helping at their Christmas party and doing stand-up comedy at a charity Comedy Night. Their fundraising contributed to a garden project at Wirral Society for the Blind and Partially Sighted as well as a summer activity at Charlotte’s Brightside.

Bee Wirral, Wirral Hospice St John’s, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Cash for Kids, Child Bereavement UK, Claire House children’s hospice, Maggie’s Wirral, Macmillan Cancer Care, Dementia UK and Children in Need also benefitted from staff generosity.

Damian Burdin, Chief Executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd, said: “Our staff live and breathe our culture of giving back to the community. We are immensely proud of all the work they have done over the past year to  help make a difference to the people who benefit from the efforts of the charities and good causes doing an amazing job day in, day out throughout the borough.

“And it’s not just about fundraising either. The support staff have given has involved them willingly giving up their own time by volunteering or taking part in a whole host of community-based activities.”

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