UK leading logistics specialist, Connect Group, has set its sights on making 2018 a charitable year with a planned increase of volunteer time to 1,000 hours from the 700 committed in 2017.
The company has put plans in place to raise funds and awareness for homelessness during the next 12 months, after the strength of its work with annual Christmas campaign, Pass It On.
The business-wide initiative is backed by chief operating officer, Jonathan Bunting at Connect Group, which includes parcel distribution service Pass My Parcel; news and trade magazine distributor, Smiths News; irregular freight consignment specialist, Tuffnells and coffee vending brand Jack’s beans.
Last year’s success was championed by Pass My Parcel, whose ‘Pass It On’ campaign helped donate over 6,000 bags of winter clothing and sleeping bags to around 1,200 people sleeping ‘rough’ in the run-up to Christmas.
Smiths News, Tuffnells and Jack’s beans colleagues supported the initiative as almost 130 volunteers joined outreach groups across 14 UK cities.
Jonathan Bunting, said: “Our fundraising efforts bring together colleagues from across the business, enabling us to reach even more people in need. Our charity appeals are always well-supported, but we’re hoping to top the success of 2017 this year, and build upon our previous efforts with a huge push for 2018 by allocating more time and combined resources to our charitable initiatives.”
He added: “Last year saw us take ‘Pass It On’ into its second year, and to say it has been a humbling experience would be an understatement. As logistics specialists, we wanted to put our skills to good use by getting warm clothes to as many people as possible.”
“Over Christmas, the campaign involved around 700 hours of volunteer time, which included driving more than 1,545 miles around the country. It was a massive undertaking, but a great success, so well worth it. So much so that we already have plans underway to help even more people in 2018.”