written by Alex Voskou, Content Specialist at The IN Group.
Supporting thousands of families across the UK
We’re very proud to name Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity as our charity partner for 2023. Founded in 1986, Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
In the face of such difficulty, thousands of families across the UK struggle to cope on a day-to-day basis. The charity supports these families by pairing them with their own expert Family Support Worker, who helps out in a number of ways. These include: taking the family to and from hospital, saving time, stress and money; keeping a child company in hospital or providing a distraction during treatment; organising fun days out for sick children or their siblings; listening to parents’ fears and anxieties; and supporting parents and siblings through bereavement and grief.
Why their work’s more important than ever
The last few years have seen a significant rise in the number of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, which has meant a huge increase in demand for this small charity’s services. When you factor in the impact of the cost-of-living crisis – which means having to choose between paying electricity bills to keep lifesaving equipment running, putting food on the table or paying for transport to and from hospital – the already considerable burden on these families is even greater than ever. The charity has never been more in need of support to deliver its crucial services.
How we can help
Last year we raised £117,000 for charity, over £75,000 of which went to our 2022 charity partner, LIFEbeat. We’re planning a huge range of fundraising activities this year, including marathons, bike rides, our annual charity quiz, the Tough Mudder, payroll giving and a whole lot more.
Our people also have the opportunity to get involved in volunteering initiatives, for which they can use their dedicated volunteering day. This could involve taxi driving, gardening, organising sports days, offering return to work advice for parents who have had time off to care for their child, or supporting young adults in entering the workplace.
For everyone at The IN Group, giving back has always been a massive part of who we are, as Michael Thornton, Director of Public Sector Consulting, explains: “It is not just about raising money for much needed causes, but critically engaging to enact change, educate and raise awareness. Aside from the important work they do, we chose to partner with the Rainbow Trust because of the scope of opportunity for our employees to work closely with the charity on volunteering and fundraising opportunities. For us, charity is not a means to an end but an important part of everyday behaviour and values reflected in our day-to-day business ethos.”
We’re so excited to be supporting this extremely worthwhile cause in the year ahead. If you’d like to make a contribution to support Rainbow Trust’s crucial work, please visit our JustGiving page.
You can find out more about our charity work here. If you’d like to speak to us about our relationship with Rainbow Trust or would like to know more about how you can help, please contact us.