Doing our bit for those in need
We’ve got a quirky bunch of staff at Confused.com and when we’re not busy saving you money, we’re committed to putting our time to good use.
No theme is too silly, no challenge too great and you can guarantee there’s always a few of us ready to throw ourselves right in at the deep end.
Our charity of the year is 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.
Stroke changes lives. It can have a huge effect on you and your family. You will most likely want to know as much as you can about what practical, emotional and financial support is available.
Confused.com are proud to be supporting The Stroke Association in 2013.
The Stroke Association - A letter from Santa
In return for a donation to the Stroke Association, Santa can send a personalised letter by (sleigh) mail to children across the UK.
Many people don't realise that stroke can happen to children and babies. In fact 400 children and babies in the UK have a stroke every year. For a suggested donation of £5 per letter, you can send a personalised letter to your loved one this Christmas.
Find out more about A letter from Santa.
Mr X appeal
Mr X is a someone who wishes to remain anonymous (it is known he is 90 years old now) but he has the dream that every child – no matter how under-privileged – will have at least one present to open on Christmas morning.
Last year, more than 6,000 children benefitted from the Appeal.
The list of children comes from Social Services and several Children’s Charities, amongst others.These are children that would otherwise have NO presents on December 25th.
In 2010 staff from Confused.com, donated 47 of the 300 presents that the Admiral Group passed on.
2011 saw us pass a huge milestone as we contributed 108 of the 400 from the whole Group.
In 2012, Confused.com staff almost doubled that total – sending an amazing 207 presents to the Appeal.
This year we’ve exceeded even that – adding gifts for 228 South Wales children, with the Group as a whole topping 1,000!
Confused cycle to Tenby
3 members of staff took on the challenge and rode 100miles from Cardiff to Tenby they were alongside 100 other participants who all completed the race. They raised £175 for Noah's Ark Children's Charity.
Raising £225 for our nominated Charity of the year 'The Stoke Association' 15 members of staff made up 3 corporate teams. Very Confused.com came 6th overall with some fantastic times, Mildly Confused.com ran in 14th all times under 50minutes, Slightly Confused.com came in 70th place all times under an hour.
Three Peaks Challenge
18 members of staff prepared for the challenge training hard to take on the mission that is The Three Peaks! A well organised group with designated drivers, food suppliers and good sportsmanship got them all through making Confused.com proud, and they raised £2180 again for The Stroke Association.
On Friday 3rd May, 20 volunteers from Confused.com took part in a sponsored cycle - in the office! They cycled for 10hrs straight (half an hour each) from 8am until 6pm, raising £306.37 for our charity of the year The Stroke Association.
Sierra Leone marathon
On May 26th - Matt Crole-Rees and Adam Jolley of the Confused.com Marketing Team will be running the Sierra Leone marathon (described by Runners World as "quite possibly the world's most worthwhile marathon") in aid of Street Child. Street Child is a volunteer-led charity which works to reduce the number of children living on the streets in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Here are some of the organistions Confused.com has made donations to so far in 2013:
Our chosen charity for this year is 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! So far we have sent them two charity boxes filled with coins and a lump-sum for £469.00 from various fundraisers in the office.
As well as supporting our chosen charity, Confused.com employees can tap into a dedicated Confused.com charity pot for funds which are then used to support other local and international charity events and community projects. Here’s just a few of the brilliant causes we’ve been able to help this year already:
Confused.com and the arts
- Confused.com staff applied for funds for the Monstrous Productions Theatre Company to help with performance costs in their recent production.
- Local choir - City Voices have also been helped by the Confused.com charity and community pot this year. The choir was formed in 2008, has grown to 150 people and has raised over £10,000 for a mixture of charities and performed in a variety of venues.
- One employee asked for funds to support his niece and help Dance Crazy in its attempt to enter the National Championships - Good luck guys!
Helping our local community
- Confused.com has been able to help one staff member’s application for funds to help Rhoserchan, a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation in the heart of Rural Wales. We were also able to help the same member of staff in supporting Lattitude an International youth development charity offering volunteering and gap year placements for 17 to 25 year olds.
- We've funded 250 customised-shirts for St David’s Primary School in Pentwyn, Cardiff, to wear whilst attending the Cardiff Primary School Olympics, being held at UWIC University this summer.
- We’ve also been able to support a local Brownie group, to help them pay for their annual coach trip.
- One team member applied to help students with special needs at Trinity Fields School. Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre is a purpose built school at Ystrad Mynach which offers many unique and innovative features for children and young people aged 3 to 19 to develop their learning skills.
- We've, also helped to develop a wildlife pond for Maes-Y-Bryn Primary School , contributed additional resources for the autism unit at Llanderyn Primary School , provided a hamper as a raffle prize for Coed Glas Primary School and contributed to Cardiff High School science club.
- We also contributed towards outdoor equipment for Rhws Primary School
- Members of Confused.com participated in Movember this year, you can view their efforts below!
So far this year, Confused.com has donated over £5,000 to the good causes listed above and chosen by our employees.
Throughout 2010/2011 we supported our chosen charity, Ty Hafan, which is a hospice providing much-needed help and respite to sick children and their families. The hospice needs around £2.5 million each year to operate and we raised over £10,000 to help them reach that goal.
It took some adventurous folk, and some imaginative challenges to reach that total, so here's how they did it:
In 2011, a team from Confused.com took on the epic Trailwalker Challenge. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s basically a 100km walk, without sleep, across the South Downs. The South Downs is usually a popular destination with walkers on days out and walking holidays, but for one weekend a year, the calm becomes a storm as teams of hardcore walkers descend upon the countryside and attempt to do the whole 100km walk in under 30 hours (that's 62 miles in Queens English), raising money for Oxfam and the Gurkhas in the process. The team raised over £3.5k by taking on this challenge.
Leaping through the sky
In April 2010, thirteen of the Confused.com team jumped from 13,000ft to raise £1,635 in a sponsored skydive. The divers ranged from feeling “very brave” to the “absolutely terrified”, and paid for themselves to jump so that every penny went to charity – not a bad exchange for a few minutes of terrifying freefalling!
In June 2010, two Confused.com teams also took on the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’, climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, whilst others took on the CARTEN 100 bike ride, cycling 100 miles from Cardiff to Tenby in a day.
There have been more charitable events taking place on either side of these events, including dress-up days, memory walks and even one of our lovely ladies taking part in a desert marathon run. What a champ!
National and international efforts
As well as raising money for our chosen charity, we still channel our efforts towards national and international charities, and in November 2010, our men took part in ‘Movember’, where we’ve seen some fine spectacles of moustaches grown in a bid to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
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And at the start of 2010 when the Haiti earthquake took hold, we donated £1,445 to the appeal as proceeds from a bake sale and fantasy rugby league for the RBS Six Nations.
And to top it off, when our PR team bubble-wrapped an entire street to highlight the importance of taking care whilst driving, we donated this used wrapping to Oxfam to package the medicine and aid being sent to Haiti!