In 2015, Buy As You View were delighted to support a number of charities close to our employee’s and customer’s hearts. With 2016 well under way we wanted to take the time to reflect on some of our favourite 2015 moments when supporting well-deserved causes…
The moment Alfie captured the heart of Buy As You View employee.
Alfie Ledgeway suffers from a rare brain condition called Chiari Malformation. As part of his condition, Alfie suffers from constant headaches and problems with his balance and eyesight. John Elliot, a Field Manager working for Buy As You View, met Alfie during a house call to the family home and wanted to help.
John has embarked on a number of fundraising activities, including securing a local landscaper to install soft outdoor garden flooring, so Alfie can play outside safely. After learning about Alfie’s situation, Buy As You View organised for an iPad to be donated to the family, so he can play games and puzzles on the go. John said: “Alfie loves the iPad – he can’t stop playing on it!”
The moment Wales beat England in the Buy As You View Charity Rugby Match.
Buy As You View staff from Wales and England went head to head in a charity rugby match to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre. Staff from our UK regions travelled to Wales to support the team with 60 friends and family in tow. The Welsh team dominated the game winning 55-7 at Penygraig Rugby Club, most importantly the event raised over £1,500 for Velindre.
The moment Sheffield youth football team got a brand new kit.
The Sheffield United Junior Blades 1981 needed support after it was rescued from a financial crisis that left it on the verge of closure. The club was struggling following the theft of £20,000. A year on and the club is thriving again thanks to the efforts of the new committee and in particular Nathan Flatley, the club’s new chairman and Buy As You View employee.
To support Nathan, Buy As You View sponsored kits for the club’s youngest and newest team; the under 7s which was only formed a year ago.“It’s great to see the youngest team kitted out in all their new gear, they look professional and feel professional which really makes a difference” –Nathan Flatley.
The moment our customer’s Family Fun Day was a great success.
Clinton and Kelly Horton, along with their family arranged a family fun day to raise funds and awareness of Turner Syndrome – a condition from which their daughter, Kara-Jay, suffers. Amongst other symptoms, Kara-Jay will have difficulty growing and will be prone to future health complications.
Step-father to Kelly Horton, Darren Rice, approached Buy As You View for help. Darren said: “Knowing that Kelly and I are both customers of Buy As You View, I mentioned the fun day we had planned to the South Wales Regional Manager, Vince, and was amazed when he responded saying the company was keen to help.” To support the family, Buy As You View donated a state of the art Television for a raffle, which helped the family raise a total of £1,800 for the Turner Syndrome Support Society.
The moment Buy As You View helped with Christmas donations.
Last Christmas, Children at Penygraig Primary School sent more than 150 Christmas presents through the Operation Christmas Child Campaign. This initiative organised by the Samaritans Purse Charity, encourages pupils to donate shoe boxes filled with gifts to be distributed in countries such as Krygyzstan, Macedonia and Romania and to refugee camps around Europe.
The Rhondda pupils aged between 4 and 11 years old donated presents including toys, stationary, hygiene items, sweets and hats and gloves. Buy As You View helped the school by donating money to cover the postage costs of the boxes. Elizabeth Ferguson who works for Buy As You View, was the driving force behind bringing the campaign to the school. “I’d like to thank Buy As You View for helping with the donation” said Elizabeth “as I know it wouldn’t have been possible without them.”