Across the UK, charities are helping to improve the lives of children and the homeless. Arrow has chosen to support the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Movember Foundation in their efforts to provide care to those in need.
The SVP is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need.
SVP’s network of community and furniture shops provide cheap, affordable goods and furniture to those most in need. Some clients, asking for help this year, were donating goods last year, but due to job losses have had their homes repossessed and are now experiencing extreme hardship. This is devastating to the people seeking help and the staff and volunteers who have witnessed the change in circumstances. This illustrates how indiscrimate poverty is in reality.
SVP also operates two Support Centres, in Leeds and Tyne, soon to be expanded nationally, which offer free of charge debt advice and personal counselling advice services, to those who are most vulnerable. This often includes suicidal people, who simply have nowhere to go. The Support Centres offer a range of services including food parcels, free clothing and furniture, job training, mentoring, ESOL and basic educational training in literacy and numeracy.
We are extremely proud of our 120 employees for raising so much money. Our donation to this worthy cause put us in the Top 20 on the Movember Leaderboard, rubbing shoulders with some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious organisations.
Chris Russell, CEO of Arrow Business Communications, says “I don’t think that anyone could have forecast how this has taken off across the company. As so much effort has been put in to this great cause Arrow has matched the £9,053 raised by the entire Arrow team taking our total to £18,106.”
“The whole company has thrown their support into raising awareness of men’s health issues, we have raised far more money than we could ever have expected and had a lot of fun along the way. It has been a rewarding and highly entertaining experience for us all”, finishes Russell.
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember, to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide.