Thomsons Online Benefits Celebrates Raising £34k for Charity in 2012

Thomsons Online Benefits employees have celebrated smashing their 2012 charity fundraising target by over 70%.

Online PR News – 17-December-2012 – London, UK – Thomsons employees raised a total of £34,236 through their efforts in competing in the London Triathlon and a range of other initiatives such as a sponsored leg wax and monthly collections at Victoria rail station! This total includes £10,374 of matching donations through Thomsons’ Pay It Forward scheme whereby the company matches each employee’s fundraising efforts by up to £500 per year. Employees are also allowed an additional day of leave to help them engage with the charities that inspire them.

The money raised will be equally split between the two London charities chosen by Thomsons employees, The Passage - a Victoria-based charity caring for the homeless - and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) - one of the world's leading children's hospitals.

Representatives from the Passage and GOSH joined Thomsons monthly breakfast meeting this week to receive their cheques and hear more about the charitable endeavours that contributed towards the raising of the money.

Justine Trumper, Head of Account Management - Corporate Partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity commented: ”On behalf of all the patients, parents and staff at Great Ormond Street I would like to say a big thank you to Thomsons Online Benefits for all of their support and amazing fundraising. Thanks to significant contributions such as this donation from Thomsons Online Benefits, we are able to treat some of the UK’s sickest children in brand new state of the art facilities that match the high standard of care which Great Ormond Street Hospital provides.”

Andrew Hollingsworth of the Passage added :”The Passage works with rough sleepers in South Westminster and Thomsons office is in the middle of our street outreach area. The Passage has been working with Thomsons for just over two years with Thomsons employees helping The Passage as volunteers including our own public collections in Victoria Station. As we step up our work with those unfortunate to live on the street in this very cold weather we are extremely grateful for Thomsons help in meeting our costs. By their partnership with The Passage, Thomsons share in our mission to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives and they help the most needy of their immediate neighbours.”

Michael Whitfield, CEO of Thomsons who presented the charities with their cheques said “This year our employees have really got behind and embraced our Pay it Forward scheme like never before, and we are absolutely delighted that we smashed our fundraising target by 70%. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money but we also saw the positive impact that this had in terms of team building and levels of employee engagement on which Thomsons thrives. We are already planning our 2013 programme and look forward to another year of exciting initiatives.”

About Thomsons Online Benefits

Thomsons Online Benefits help businesses gain maximum benefit from their employee reward schemes at minimum cost.

With their unique blend of consulting, communication and their award winning benefits administration technology platform, Darwin™, organisations the world over trust Thomsons Online Benefits with their employee benefits programmes.

Thomsons Online Benefits has won over 50 awards including ‘Firm of the Year’ and 'Best Use of Technology' in the 2012 Corporate Adviser Awards and attracted a prestigious portfolio of clients that includes Cisco, Microsoft and Samsung. Thomsons Online Benefits Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for business conducted in the UK.