Staff at ACCO Brands Aylesbury have been busy raising money and volunteering in support of their Charity of the Year for 2018, Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC).

Wednesday 25th July saw colleagues bringing in strawberry-themed cakes and bakes for the office Strawberry Squeeze which raised a fantastic £150 for the Charity which ACCO Brands kindly agreed to match fund. Alongside the delicious food, staff could donate to have a go at guessing the secret ingredient in a special strawberry cake baked by Eleanor Jenkinson (it was Pimm’s!), and guessing the name of the strawberry cuddly toy – to win a bottle of champagne.

At the same time, staff volunteered to take part in the Virtual Tour de France challenge from 10am to 4pm, taking 15-minute turns to cycle continuously on an exercise bike in Reception for six hours, sponsored by the company which donated £500 to Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in recognition of the feat. The office raised an amazing £800 in total.

Two days later, a group of colleagues volunteered at the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Furniture Showroom on Chamberlain Road. Their brief was to create a ‘Back to School/Home Office’ display, using anything they could find in the Showroom and stationery products kindly donated by ACCO Brands.

FNHC’s Head of Retail, Lily Caswell, said, “We often have desks and filing cabinets donated for us to sell, so we wanted to create an area in the Showroom to display them more attractively. With all the products that ACCO Brands has donated, it made sense to give this to them as a really useful form of volunteering at the Showroom.”

The team spent nearly all day putting up shelves, moving furniture and styling the display, and their efforts resulted in a really eye-catching, smart and attractive area being created in the Showroom.
“It was really good fun,” said Michael Bury, one of the ACCO Brands Volunteers. “It was a great opportunity to get to know colleagues outside the office, and work together on something completely different. We all really enjoyed it.”

“I’m blown away by the incredible job they’ve done,” said Lily Caswell. “And how generous they have been with their donations. The section looks absolutely brilliant, and so professional. It will spur us on to create other sections in the Showroom. They are a very impressive and creative team.”

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity needs to raise over £750,000 each year to continue providing care and support to patients in Buckinghamshire with life-limiting illnesses and their families.