Following the outbreak of COVID-19, many of the insurance broker’s planned charity fundraising events had to be cancelled. But staff have found alternative ways to raise funds and continue to offer support to their chosen charities. In addition to the company’s regular donations to Channel Island charities of roughly £7,500 each year, Islands has now made a combined donation of just under £6,000 to five organisations across Jersey and Guernsey, and they are still donating.
Jim Purkiss, Director of Sales and Marketing at Islands commented, “Islands is a local company invested in our local communities. During this particularly challenging time, I am proud that our staff have not lost their sense of generosity by finding innovative ways to raise funds for local good causes and help those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Even as we begin to emerge from lockdown, I know we will continue to support our communities to the best of our abilities.”
The teams have come together to raise funds in numerous ways. These include the company’s Final Hour Salary scheme and in-house charity Yoga sessions on Zoom, kindly organised by a member of the team. In most cases, Islands have match-funded the amounts raised to provide further support.
So far, across the two larger Channel Islands, £2,412 has been donated to the COVID-19 Response Appeal in Guernsey and Jersey’s Bailiff COVID Fund. The teams in Jersey have also raised £2,000 for Caring Cooks to help the charity continue their excellent work, supporting families throughout COVID-19, and £500 towards the reopening of the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin.
On Saturday 24th May, Jersey’s roads should have been filled with the hum of motorcycles and scooters as the Big Ride Outset off from St Catherine’s Breakwater for the 10th year. This charity event, raising much-needed funds for Holidays for Heroes Jersey, is a firm favourite among staff and Islands are the head sponsor. Though the roads stayed quiet, following cancellation due to COVID-19, Islands were pleased to still offer their support to the event by donating £1,000 to Holidays for Heroes Jersey.
The Islands’ staff are still fundraising and plan to keep watching the amount donated rise over the coming months.