FirstPort has reached its six month anniversary as a charity partner with Emmaus, a homelessness charity that supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a home for as long as they need it, and meaningful work in one of its social enterprises.

Thanks to the efforts of staff and residents we have, so far, raised just over £13,000 and held some fabulous events across our offices.

The highlights

June 2016 – The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

Everybody got into the royal spirit to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer. Like every good celebration there were decorations, fancy dress, cake and much laughter around all our offices. Not only that, a very convincing ‘HRM The Queen’ also paid a visit to the Luton and Halesowen’s offices, taking time out of her busy schedule to judge the fancy dress and acknowledge some of her FirstPort subjects.

August 2016 – Road to Rio

In honour of the Rio Olympics, our Luton office took on its very own exercise challenge to raise money. With two exercise bikes set up, 64 members of staff took to a relay race throughout the day, taking on 15 minute intervals each for sponsorship.

September 2016 – Clutter Amnesty

One way that Emmaus raise money is through the donation of unwanted items, and across four locations in September we hosted a ‘Clutter Amnesty’ for staff and residents.
Area Manager, Darren Boyd-Preece, who helped at one of the locations at a Southport development, Madingley Court, said: “It was a very rewarding day and many more people now know what Emmaus is all about.”

Amongst the items donated were; DVDs, books, clothes, shoes, hair straighteners, toasters and a TV.

December 2016 - Leaving for Lapland

Staff at FirstPort’s New Milton office clocked up over 2,000 miles in a festive bid to reach ‘Lapland’ for their Christmas magical fundraising event. 72 members of staff participated in a mammoth nine-hour sponsored static bike relay race with a Christmas twist, completing the 2,117 miles from New Milton to Lapland.  The event saw the office transformed into a festive Christmas wonderland with a cycle grotto and each department going the extra mile to provide a banquet of food covering all the countries you could pass on your journey to Lapland. Staff also dressed up in the themes of their department’s chosen country.

View a video made about the day here.