Martin House: A Charity Partnership with 365 Response

December 21, 2021
Yorkshire charity Martin House working with 365 Response

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365 Response entered 2021 by partnering with Martin House, a hospice that provides care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. This company-wide opportunity helped us expand on our company values of “doing something good every day” and “caring about what we do and say.”

These guiding principles encourage every member of 365 Response to contribute to creating valuable and lasting change for those that need it most.

Sarah Fatchett, 365 Response’s Founder and Chief Product Officer, shared her eagerness to work with a charity that supported children with special needs:

“Living with a child or family member that has special needs or life-limiting conditions and accessing the support that you need, can be very challenging. 365 Response was born out of painful moments that led to us creating a business to give people better access to the support that they need, at the time that they need it.”

The Impact

To put the power of your donations into perspective:

Pandemic Fundraising with 365 Response

As the nation navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, we realised our fundraising efforts would need to look a little different if they were to be as effective as the usual offline methods. In March, the Accumulator Challenge was set by Martin House to see if participating companies could turn £30 into £3,000 in 30 days. A tough goal, but one we embraced with a positive mindset and strong determination.

By the end of the month, we were able to raise a total of £1,681, over 50% of the original goal set by the charity. It gave us an insight into how challenging fundraising can be, and how much these organisations rely on the generosity of the public to provide these essential services.

Along with the other companies that signed up to complete the Accumulator Challenge, we were able to raise a combined total of £5000. An impressive amount that could cover the cost of a specialist bed and mattress for the hospice, which allows a child or young person with complex health needs to have a good and safe night’s sleep as they adjust to an unfamiliar environment. This specialist equipment, as well as having several advanced medtech features to allow for cables and tubes to feed into the bed, is also height-adjustable, giving a child in a wheelchair the type of independence to transfer to and from bed in a way that would be near impossible in a standard one.

We had many other fundraising events throughout 2021:

  • The Training team were first to put the wheels in motion, creating an enticing Easter hamper which was then raffled off. The indulgent prize included a variety of drinks and more chocolate and sweets than we could make out in the image.
  • Our 365 TMS Project Managers held a fun “Guess the Service User” competition, which featured the names of popular and notable movie characters. Fan favourites like John Wick, Harley Quinn, Edward Scissorhands, and Indiana Jones made an appearance.
  • The Marketing team raffled off 2 exciting experiences, favouring the option to provide an outdoor experience for the winners to look forward to as the UK shifts out of lockdown number 3. The prizes on offer were a paintballing experience for 4, which could be redeemed at various centres around the UK, and an afternoon tea river cruise throughout the beautiful and historic city of York.
  • Dean Barber, Chief Financial Officer at 365 Response, ran the Yorkshire Marathon without breaking a sweat, and in great time too! 3 hours and 17 minutes to be exact.

2021 with Martin House

Rosie Mellor-Silvester, Regional Fundraising Team Manager at Martin House, shared:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at 365 Response for offering their support to Martin House throughout 2021 and raising such an incredible amount of money. It’s fantastic to see so many innovative and imaginative fundraising ideas throughout the year. Partnerships such as this allow us to continue to be there for families when they need us most, for which we are incredibly grateful.”

The donations we received throughout the year helped to provide valuable support to this organisation and the children who receive care via the hospice. To everyone who helped us fundraise for this fantastic charity, we thank you. Martin House is a charity that holds a place in our hearts, and as our first official charity partner, we thank them for allowing us to be a part of something far bigger than ourselves.

Our goal is to continue our quest to “do something good every day,” and next year we’ll do that by adopting a new charity partner for 2022 and raising funds for those who need it most. You can keep up with our charity updates on our dedicated Charity Work page. We hope that you’ll support and cheer us on once again.

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