Charity and Fundraising
How we give back at Little, Brown Book Group
We are proud supporters of the National Literacy Trust, and have held both a charity book sale and a company quiz night compered by our author Vicky Pattison held on the 6th floor of Carmelite House, with all proceeds going to the charity. Over 100 people attended the evening, and it was a great success.
We have also held a charity bike ride, with ten members of staff cycling from our offices to Ware in Hertfordshire and raising £540 for the NLT. The 2015 charity bike ride will be held on Friday the 11th September and will be raising money for the National Literacy Trust via the JustGiving page for the event.
Again in support of the NLT, staff members have volunteered in local schools as part of the Words for Work programme.
We have always supported the work done by the Book Trade Benevolent Society, and in lieu of printed Christmas cards we have made donations to the BTBS.
Instead of giving each other ‘secret santa’ gifts at our staff Christmas party, we held a raffle, with all proceeds going to the homeless charity Shelter.
Furthering the festive theme, our marketing department organised an office-wide Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children.
We regularly donate books to the Friends of UCLH, who sell them to raise money for additional non-medical equipment for patients and their relatives at the hospital.
Beyond our company-endorsed initiatives, L,BBG staff members did an amazing array of charity work in their own time last year, from sponsoring a child in Ghana to helping out at their local riding school for disabled children, and from running the Race for Life in aid of cancer charities and taking part in gruelling ‘Swimathons’, to doing volunteer work at their daughter’s local school. Also in the spirit of putting charitable considerations ahead of aesthetics, our C.O.O. Ben Groves-Raines took part in Movember, raising £1,165 for testicular cancer charities.
The company does everything to encourage this, including granting staff the option of taking two days’ additional paid leave to do charity work.