18 December My DofE volunteering: Campaigning for the youth in Hackney
City Stories: BE Offices
Why are you supporting City Giving Day?
This is BE’s second year supporting CGD, which has now become part of our annual CSR programme. Our employees are each given three paid volunteering days annually and CGD has inspired staff to fully utilise them, with people signing up to volunteer in care homes, homeless shelters and foodbanks across London.
Which charities or communities do you support?
We support numerous charities, from Sightsavers to London Air Ambulance, GOSH to Battersea Dogs Home, with monthly donations by each of our 18 flexible workspace centres. Over the years we’ve donated over £1.5m to hundreds of charities. In October we’re sending two employees to volunteer at a Costa Rican turtle conservation project.
How will you celebrate City Giving Day?
We’ve entered a team for the CGD Quiz Night and hope to take part in the CGD City Walk. That week we’re also holding our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning in 18 locations which always raises thousands of pounds. We’ll also encourage clients to get on board and Go Red for CGD.
Which charity are you supporting, why are you supporting it?
In addition to Macmillan, our charity partner is Rays of Sunshine, which grants wishes for children with lifelimiting illnesses. Having met Amanda Keaveny, wife of Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny, at a CGD breakfast, we also hope to send volunteers to help at the Glass Door homeless shelter she supports.
“CSR is an integral part of our everyday agenda. City Giving Day is a great extension to this, and we are proud to be involved.”
Julie Tucker, PR & Marketing Officer, BE Offices