NRP staff’s casual approach pays off for 25th birthday hospice
IT’S normally associated with a telling off but a good dressing down on ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ has proved a smart idea for raising charity cash at the Birmingham headquarters of one of Britain’s leading recruitment providers.
Staff at Edgbaston’s Network Recruitment Partnership (NRP) decided it was time to put donations aside to a worthy cause in lieu of going casual once a week.
And the net result of an informal approach to TGI Friday working for the largest privately-held recruitment group in the UK is a welcome boost for funds of the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust.
Trust chairman David Butcher called in at NRP’s Hagley Road offices to receive the £400 donation for his organisation – which this year is celebrating the 25th anniversary of first opening its doors to local life limited and life-threatened children from across the West Midlands.
“Nothing in society today can be more traumatising for parents than to discover they are going to outlive one of their children,” said NRP managing director Ken Wood at the Network House ceremony.
He added: “It was so uplifting to talk to hospice chairman David Butcher when he visited our offices. The work they do is just fantastic.”
Acorns has helped more than 2,000 children and their families since it was established – the Selly Oak 24/7 palliative care provider being only the third children’s hospice in the world when it was opened in 1988.
Since then Acorns has opened two more hospices – the Black Country unit at Walsall in 1999 and the Three Counties six years later in Worcester.
NRP senior consultant Jayne Whitehouse added: “I was thrilled to find out exactly what the funds were going towards. Anything that we can do to help such a worthy cause must be worth doing.”