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Team members volunteer over 1,100 hours to support local community

Team members volunteer over 1,100 hours to support local community

We’re proud to announce that in 2019, MHBS team members volunteered over a massive 1,100 hours of charitable and community work, with every team in the Society participating in some form of volunteering activity. This is a huge increase from our 2018 total and plans are already underway to top this number in 2020.

The Society encourages team members to participate in charitable activities throughout the year in a bid to support all communities in our local area. There is rarely a week that goes by without one of our teams holding a cake sale, competition or dress-down day to raise money for charity.

Here are some examples of activities that our teams were involved in throughout 2019:

River Welland Litter Pick

Once a month, we team up with Market Harborough Environment Group (MHEG) to help in the efforts to clean up the River Welland and the surrounding area with a litter pick. Our team members thoroughly enjoy taking part in this activity and we’ve had some very interesting finds in the past! MHEG are always keen to recruit new volunteers, so if you would like to find out more about their work visit their website.

WizeUp workshops

MHBS has teamed up with WizeUp, an initiative which presents life-skills workshops and seminars to young people in schools. These workshops aim to educate young people about finances and prepare them for their future and several team members from MHBS have helped to deliver these to local schools. Feedback from the pupils suggests that these workshops are incredibly useful, especially for the students who are about to leave sixth form. To find out more about the work of WizeUp, visit their website.

Dress down days and bake sales

At the end of every month, the Society holds a ‘dress down’ day, so team members can make a donation and come to work dressed in anything they choose (within reason!). For example, the Society supported the ‘Wear it pink’ day for Breast Cancer Now and many team members came into work dressed in pink. Many of these dress down days are also combined with charity bake sales, which go down a treat! These days are very well received and over £680 was raised from Dress Down Days in 2019.

Many MHBS teams hold bake sales to raise money for charities close to their hearts, but one team in particular was eager to get their oven gloves on and get creative for a good cause. The Compliance team held several bake sales throughout 2019, making a delicious variety of sweet and savoury treats. They got the whole Society involved by holding a ‘guess the height of the cupcake stack’ competition and placing a winning sticker on the bottom of a cupcake, so that one lucky person won a bottle of Prosecco!

 

Individual challenges

Some of our team members set their own challenges to complete outside of working hours. Their hard work inspires us all, especially as they raise money for very worthwhile causes! In 2019, Debbie from Mortgage Sales set herself a challenge to complete the 5k Pretty Muddy race, the 10k Race for Life and the Bedford Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK. She completed them all, which is an amazing achievement, and she is already putting plans in place for her 2020 challenge!

Debbie said, “I would like to say that after all the training I did I found it easy, but I didn’t! It was tough! I have managed to get from running three miles at the beginning of the year, up to just over 12 in my training runs, but that final mile hit hard. However I made it over the finish line, got my medal to prove it, and more importantly raised money for this amazing charity”

Well done Debbie!

Another marathon runner from the team is Rob in Mortgage Support. He planned to complete the Leicester Half Marathon which was cancelled, so undeterred he then signed up for the Peterborough Half Marathon. After standing in the pouring rain at the start line for over an hour, unfortunately this event was also cancelled! Not wanting to let this stop him from achieving his goal after months of hard work and training, Rob signed up to a third event and successfully completed the Rugby Half Marathon in October 2019, raising an incredible £1,005 for Cancer Research UK.

We’re so proud of all of our team members and can’t wait to see their achievements in 2020!

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Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper

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Our team members get involved in a variety of volunteering activities throughout the year in support of the local community.