Doing our bit for those in need
We’re a quirky bunch here at Confused.com and when we’re not busy saving you pounds we’re raising them!
No challenge is too big or small and we always have plenty of volunteers who are passionate about putting their time to good use and helping those in need.
Charity of the year
Every year Confused.com employees vote for the charity that they’d like the whole company to raise money for that year.
Once chosen, we endeavour to raise as much money as possible and are ambassadors for that chosen charity with bake sales, cycle races, sponsorships and lots of fun in the office.
2015 - SANDS
This year we are working hard to fundraise for Sands. Sands are a stillbirth and neonatal death charity that supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
Support is offered in all kinds of ways from offering emotional support to the parents to providing practical information when the time is right. They also work closely with health professionals to prevent babies’ deaths.
We have kick started our year with a bake sale and a sponsored spinathon and have 42 members of staff in training for the Survival of the fittest in September.
We always work hard to raise as much money as we can for our charity of the year. Members of our staff recently cycled 140km in the Velothon Wales - raising over £1800 for the charity.
2014 - Cancer Research UK
In 2014 Confused.com supported Cancer Research UK. The charity aims to tackle all cancers by focusing research and efforts in four key areas; preventing cancer, diagnosing it earlier, the development of new treatments and optimising current treatments.
Their ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years. Confused.com dedicated the whole of 2014 to fundraising for this charity as it’s close to the hearts of many.
2013 - The Stroke Association
Our charity of the year for 2013 was The Stroke Association, who provide high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers.
Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That's one person every five minutes. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.
2012 - Welsh Women's Aid
Our chosen charity for this year was Welsh Women's Aid. It is a key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children by supporting a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
When the charity was informed that Confused.com would be supporting them this year, they got a cake to celebrate!
2010-2011 - Ty Hafan
Throughout 2010 and 2011 we supported Ty Hafan as our charity of the year. A hospice providing much-needed help and respite to sick children and their families who need around £2.5 million each year to operate.
Confused.com raised over £10,000 to help them achieve that goal through a range of activities such as a sponsored skydive, the Three Peaks Challenge and the epic Trailwalker Challenge.
Other Charity Work
As well as supporting our chosen charity, we also donate to other important causes throughout the year and support individuals who take part in other endeavours such as marathons and sponsored events.
Mr X appeal
For over 55 years, the mysterious Mr X - he has never revealed his true identity - has organised this scheme that sees the donation of thousands of presents to under-privileged children across Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire every Christmas.
The list of children comes from Social Services and several Children’s Charities, amongst others. These are children that would otherwise have no presents to open on December 25th.
- Last Christmas Confused.com donated 234 gifts, beating the 228 in 2013. This was almost a quarter of all gifts donated by the Admiral Group.
- In 2012, Confused.com staff almost doubled that total – sending an amazing 207 presents to the appeal.
- 2011 saw us pass a huge milestone as we contributed 108 of the 400 from the whole Group.
- In 2010 staff from Confused.com, donated 47 of the 300 presents that the Admiral Group passed on.
Survival of the fittest
Survival of the fittest is an event organised by Men’s Health that features a 10K run of an urban assault course in a variety of cities.
Last year, thirteen brave souls battled the obstacles to complete the race in 2.5 hours raising almost £800 for Cancer Research UK and only losing one toe nail along the way.
This September, Confused.com have 42 members of staff who are entering to fundraise for SANDS, our chosen charity for 2015.
Sporting endeavours over the years
- Confused.com cycle to Tenby
- Cardiff 10k
- Sierra Leone marathon
Confused.com charity pot
As a company, Confused.com donate to many great causes around the south wales area and further afield to help with local schools, charities and clubs that our employees are a part of outside of work.
It gives money to areas that may not get any funding and may be voluntary and our donations really help the wider community that our staff are involved in.
So far this year our Charity pot has supported various staff requests some of those are stated below;
- Paragon Kickboxing Academy – Supporting development of the class
- Radyr Cricket Club – Club facilities
- Bridgend U10’s – Event shelters and club facilities
- Llandaff City Church – Development Equipment
- Mackintosh Bowls Club – Score boards/cards
We also donated to Disability Sports Wales, Wales Air Ambulance, British Lung Foundation, Ickle Pickles and Help the Hero’s supporting staff who have completed events such as half marathons cycle rides etc. to raise money for charities that are close to their hearts.