Inkjet technology specialist Xaar has celebrated the first year of its charity partnership with Break, after employees raised an amazing £18,610, which, alongside a matched donation from the company, brought the total donation to over £37k.
Break was chosen as Xaar’s charity partner in April last year and the collaboration over the following 12 months has been a key element of the Group’s Sustainability Roadmap, which defines the business’s commitment to both People and the local Community as two of the companies four Sustainability pillars.
Xaar Group UK employees – based in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Kettering and Hemel Hempstead – took part in a wide range of fundraising activities including golf days, multiple people running a half-marathon, sweepstakes, cakes sales, a sponsored silence and the Three Peaks Challenge.
Working across East Anglia, Break makes life better for children and young people on the edge of care, in care and leaving care.
Break’s aim is to walk with those they support every step of the way to independence by providing a safe and resilient home, therapeutic services and offering life-changing opportunities, and their lifelong offer means the charity is always there whenever and wherever they’re needed.
The charity will be using the donation from Xaar for a range of initiatives to ensure that young people in their care feel supported. From help towards independent living and employment pathways, to offering volunteer mentors or confidence-building opportunities - a number of local children and young people will be helped.
Rachel Cowdry, CEO at Break said: “It has been a privilege working with Xaar to reach this phenomenal fundraising total for Break.
“We’ve loved getting to know the Xaar team and we have been incredibly inspired by the generosity, kindness and dedication they have shown.
“The money raised by will go towards making brighter futures for vulnerable young people in the region and everyone at Break is really looking forward to continuing our partnership with Xaar over the next two years.”
Xaar Group’s second year of fundraising for the charity is well underway with many fundraising challenges planned in upcoming months including a sky dive this May.
Neil Ross, Sustainability Manager at Xaar, added: “We are so pleased to have been able to raise such a significant donation for our charity partner, Break.
“I am incredibly proud of everyone at Xaar who have taken the time to get involved and donated for such an important cause. Over the course of the next two years, our hard work will continue, with plenty of fundraising activities planned.”