The JT Group has raised nearly £17,000 in the first year alone of its three year global commitment to raise funds and awareness for the developmental disorder Autism.
Throughout 2012, staff from JT’s offices in the Channel Islands joined together with colleagues in Melbourne, Boston and London to get involved in joint fundraising activities which helped the Group to exceed expectations and reach this total.
Paul D Taylor, Managing Director for JT (Guernsey) said: “We are absolutely delighted to have smashed our targets for the first year of fundraising and very much look forward to making an even greater contribution throughout 2013. Our staff in the Channel Islands joined together with colleagues in our global offices to reach this total and many of them also volunteered their time to work with Autism charities at a local level too.
“By linking our offices to raise funds and awareness for one common cause we have been able to forge strong links with our colleagues around the world and at the same time reinforce the Group’s commitment to support the different communities in which we now operate. As we progress through our three year commitment we will endeavour to add even further value.”
JT raised the funds in 2012 through a number of organised activities which included a ‘global charity day’ where staff from across its offices took part in an Olympic themed 24 hour bike relay and through staff donating an hour of their pay in November with the total being matched £ for £ by JT. Other activities in Guernsey included fundraising at events such as the Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs, taking part in sponsored walks and in-house raffles.
As well as raising funds, staff from JT volunteered their time to support the Guernsey branch of the National Autistic Society. Their contribution included:
• NAS Guernsey Branch Children’s Summer Party– JT staff helped on the day to cook the BBQ and organise face painting.
• NAS Christmas Party – JT staff gave their time to help set up the event and serve food to the children.
• Private ice-skating session for members of the NAS Guernsey Branch in December.