At Interserve, we support people and organisations to make change – helping them to create improved and better environments in places where they live and work. Bringing better to life is one of our four core values that drives the direction and behaviours of our employees. Not only do our teams work extremely hard throughout the year, they also volunteer many days of their time towards giving back to the community as part of our group charitable initiative to ‘Give a Day of Your Time’ (GADOYT).

December is a time of over-indulgence and merriment for many, but for 53 of our Interserve employees it was also a period of hard work as part of Hallam FM’s Mission Christmas. During this time, 448 hours of volunteering took place, with employees raising over £2,000 in gifts and donations to help children in poverty and their families throughout South Yorkshire.

Four million children live in poverty across the UK; for these families Christmas is a luxury they just cannot afford. Annually South Yorkshire radio station Hallam FM runs Mission Christmas, to make a difference to these children on Christmas Day. Mission Christmas means buying an extra present to give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special – or raising the funds to buy them, and our employees did both.

Interserve Learning & Employment’s Customer Engagement Team dedicated a full day of their time to calling businesses throughout South Yorkshire, asking them to donate gifts to this worthy campaign. The team consisted of 15 eager sales representatives committing their time to this worthy cause through Interserve’s charitable giving initiative ‘Give a Day of Your Time’ (GADOYT). Throughout December, various support service teams in Yorkshire also volunteered a day of their time at Mission Christmas HQ.

Alongside volunteering, hundreds of our staff members and local businesses donated money to the worthy cause resulting in a £2,000 total contribution. A great end to the charitable year of 2016 and an exciting target to beat in 2017! Well done to all those involved in changing the lives of local families and contributing towards putting a smile on the face of the 24,248 children who benefited throughout South Yorkshire.