Charities

Helen & Douglas House Hospice

We are proud to support Helen & Douglas House Hospice. This charity was selected by our staff because of the close links they have to our customers and communities.

Helen & Douglas House provides exceptional hospice care for terminally ill children, young adults and their families across the south of England.

The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. The Outreach Nurses work within the community, providing continuity of knowledge and specialist care for patients with highly complex conditions. The charity’s Outreach Team and Doctors also offer specialist advice and support to other health care professionals working with patients across our region.

When it opened its doors in 1982, it was the world’s first children’s hospice. Our staff support in a variety of ways including payroll giving, fundraising and volunteering. Since 2009, they have raised over £500,000 for the charity.

To find out more about Helen & Douglas House Hospice and the services they offer, please use the links below:

Helen & Douglas House FM: Three Day Fundraiser

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A three-day Radiothon, supported by Dollar UK, took place with Oxfordshire’s Jack FM, broadcasting live from Helen and Douglas House, to help raise vital funds for the children’s hospice.

On 2nd, 3rd and 4th March, Helen and Douglas House took over Jack FM, and raised a fantastic £51,000 so far, as part of the Dig Deep 2017 campaign. This involved a variety of fundraising activities, and gave families, carers and staff at the hospice the chance to share their incredible and inspiring stories.

As partners of Helen and Douglas House hospice, we donated £2,000 to take part in two Power Hour slots on the radio, encouraging listeners to get involved and donate. The team also organised a bake sale with orange cupcakes, and a game where staff could donate money and guess the number of orange sweets in the jar – this raised just over £92 for the hospice.

Dollar’s Got Talent!

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Dollar UK recently celebrated the talents of our team members by hosting a charity event to raise money for Helen & Douglas House Hospice.

A range of abilities were on show, from singers to dancers and even a comedy act, and despite some very fierce competition, Ricky Smith was the eventual talent show winner. He wowed the judging panel with his amazing singing voice and showmanship, meaning he walked away with a £50 voucher!

In addition to the competition to decide who will be crowned Dollar UK’s most talented team member, there was also a raffle and an auction during which a Harley Davidson Riding Jacket sold for £90, a Gliding Lesson sold for £50 and a one night stay at Disneyland Paris with two day park passes sold for £400. A grand total of £1,321 was raised for Helen & Douglas House on the night.

Stuart Howard, CEO of Dollar UK, said:

We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with Helen and Douglas House, and our team is committed to raising money for the hospice via these fun and memorable events. We really appreciate their dedication.

Easter Fundraising

The team at Dollar UK’s Bicester office had a great day fundraising for Helen and Douglas House Hospice over Easter, with competitions and dress down. A total of £151.10 from the event will be donated to the charity.

Dollar UK’s Virtual Cycle raises thousands for Helen & Douglas House Hospice.

In February, members of the Dollar UK IT team – based in the Bicester office – concluded their impressive virtual cycle to Gdansk (Poland), having raised money for children’s and young adults’ hospice Helen & Douglas House.

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Since September 2016, they clocked up miles on exercise bikes in the office during team meetings, break times and before and after work.

Teams competed to be the first to complete the journey of 1,148 miles and to raise as much money as possible.

All participating teams combined cycled a whopping 28,605 miles in total. Recently, local businesses from the area donated prizes for an email auction that raised further funds for the cause.

As a result of this entire initiative, a fantastic £4,379.39 has been raised by Dollar UK for Helen & Douglas House, and a cheque was presented to the organisation on Thursday 25th May.

Dollar UK’s great bake off for Helen & Douglas House Hospice

rainbows On Thursday 3rd August Dollar UK held a ‘Great Helen & Douglas House Bake Off’ at its Bicester office, which was judged by Emily Fleming from the hospice.

The winner, Siobhan James won a £10 Wimpy voucher, a certificate and a badge from Helen & Douglas House, and second and third places were awarded to Rachel Coleman and Colette Mighty, who also received a certificate and badge from the hospice.

The bake off was combined with a deli day, which provided the opportunity to sell the remainder of the bake off items, and gave staff the chance to bring in sweet and savoury food such as bread, pastries, quiches, butter, dips and crisps.

In total, the Bicester office raised £175.06 for Helen & Douglas House.

Thank you to all our volunteers and to the team for their contribution.


Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

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Dollar UK has recently partnered with Rainbows Hospice, which is dedicated to meeting the needs of children and young people who are affected by life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people they care for children and young people with a terminal illness including a growing number of children with cancer.

They provide specialist care and support to help children, siblings and families through the toughest days of their lives helping them to treasure every precious moment. Care is provided by a team of highly respected professional nurses, carers and therapists together with a large support team, under the direction of a team of doctors providing specialist paediatric, palliative care for children both in the hospice and in the community.

To find out more about Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the services they offer, please use the links below:

Dollar UK HR Boss Gets Stuck in the Mud for Rainbows Hospice

Gavin Peace, Head of HR – Central Operations at Dollar, has been busy raising money for Rainbows Hospice – which is dedicated to meeting the needs of children and young people who are affected by life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Gavin recently completed Tough Mudder and the Robin Hood Half Marathon, raising over £1100 for Help for Heroes (who help to provide much needed services for injured servicemen and women, wounded or injured in the line of duty) and Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

Speaking about the challenges, Gavin said: “Both were great fun and challenging and for great causes”.

Gavin will continue to support Rainbows Hospice in Tough Mudder Yorkshire next May which will be his 8th time taking part in this challenging event.

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Easter fundraising

The team at Dollar UK’s Nottingham office had a wonderful day fundraising for Rainbows Children’s Hospice over Easter, with competitions and dress down. A total of £336.95 from the event will be donated to the charity.

Mud, Sweat and Tears: Dollar UK Star Triumphs at Charity ‘Tough Mudder’ Event

On Saturday 20th May, Dollar UK’s Head of HR – Central Operations, Gavin Peace, undertook a 12-mile ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge to raise money for Rainbows Hospice, which supports children and young people.

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Battling through heavy rain and hailstones, Gavin made it to the end of an obstacle course put together by Special Forces, featuring dumper trucks of ice, 500 tons of mud, and 10,000 volts of electricity.

Gavin’s remarkable effort saw him raise £628.28 in support of services, which provide care and support and bring happiness to life-limited children.

Gavin said, “The course was no doubt challenging, but it was ultimately the thought of helping a very worthwhile cause, that drove me to the finish line.

“I would like to thank everybody who has donated, and I encourage people to take on a challenge like this themselves – it’s well worth it in the end!”

Dollar UK’s Virtual Cycle raises thousands for Rainbows Hospice.

In February, members of the Dollar UK IT team – based in the Nottingham office – concluded their impressive virtual cycle to Gdansk (Poland), having raised money for Rainbow’s Hospice, which supports children and young people.

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Since September 2016, they clocked up miles on exercise bikes in the office during team meetings, break times and before and after work.

Teams competed to be the first to complete the journey of 1,148 miles and to raise as much money as possible. All participating teams combined cycled a whopping 28,605 miles in total.

Then, from the beginning of January, the teams took their competition to the high street, when they moved their bikes to The Money Shop store on Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, where they attracted a crowd of supporters.

More recently, local businesses from the area donated prizes for an email auction that raised further funds for the cause.

As a result of this entire initiative, a fantastic £4,830.02 has been raised by Dollar UK for Rainbows Hospice, and a cheque was presented to the organisation on Monday 22nd May.

Dollar UK’s great bake off for Rainbows Hospice

rainbowsOn Thursday 3rd August, Dollar UK held a ‘Great Rainbows Bake Off’ at its Castle Marina office in Nottingham, which was judged by Tom Stanyard from the hospice.

The winner, Katie James was awarded a baking goodie bag. There were also prizes for the second and third place, the winners were Priya Saggar and Lauren Elliott respectively, while all those who took part received two muffin baking tins too.

The ‘Great Rainbows Bake Off’ was combined with a deli day, which provided the opportunity to sell the remainder of the bake off items, and gave staff the chance to bring in sweet and savoury food such as bread, pastries, quiches, butter, dips and crisps.

In total, the three Nottingham offices raised £517.16 for Rainbows, bringing Dollar UK’s grand total for Rainbows to £8,076.74 so far, which is a great achievement and testament to the generosity of all those who have donated and participated in our initiatives.

Sincere thanks to our team of volunteers, without which none of this would be possible.
 
 


Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

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Dollar UK has also recently partnered with Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust. Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.

The children and young people that Acorns help are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported over 800 children and more than 1,062 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns vision is to provide every child and young person living in their region with the specialist care and support they need. It costs almost £10million a year to run Acorns care services in the hospices and community and Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities.

To find out more about Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust and the services they offer, please use the links below:

The Money Shop stores to collect more toys for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The Money Shop will be rolling out its toy collection initiative across the West Midlands, following the success of the Wolverhampton store’s fantastic efforts to support Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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People will be able to donate their toys to The Money shop stores to help raise money for Acorns. The toys will then be sold in Acorns local charity shops, with all proceeds going towards the charity’s work – providing care for life limited and life threatened children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.

The scheme was very successful in Wolverhampton, and The Money Shop hope to raise more money for Acorns by increasing the scheme’s reach to its other stores in the region later in the year.

The Money Shop is committed to supporting this effort and will be encouraging the public to support this fantastic cause.


The Money Charity

Dollar UK has been a long standing partner of The Money Charity, the UK’s only dedicated financial capability charity, which aims to empower people across the UK to build the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to make the most of their money.

Dollar UK and its The Money Shop stores are working together to bring financial education sessions to students in communities across the UK.

In 2015 and 2016, support from Dollar UK allowed The Money Charity to offer unique and tailored financial education workshops to 5,126 students. Dollar UK is proud to have contributed to building money management skills in students all across the UK.

The Money Charity is a valuable initiative promoting financial capability by delivering interactive, fun workshops – in line with the national curriculum – to ensure people are in control of their life, finances, and debts – reducing stress and hardship along the way. It works with all parts of the financial services industry to improve outcomes for their consumers, and Dollar UK is delighted to be part of this engagement.

Dollar UK contributed £20,000 in 2015, and again in 2016, which reached students in areas as diverse as Cumbria, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Essex. In particular, Dollar UK’s donation in 2016 meant that The Money Charity could deliver 53 hours to key stage three classes, 24 hours to key stage four classes and 23 hours to post 16 classes.

Now, in 2017, as part of Dollar UK’s and The Money Shop’s partnership with Wolves FC, an important programme of financial education will be delivered by The Money Charity – in conjunction with Wolves Community Trust and the Local Education Authority – to 28 secondary schools in Wolverhampton.

The Money Charity has been updating its offering, delivering new and improved workshops with the help of Dollar UK’s endowment.