This Christmas, our staff have joined together to donate food, clothing and funds to Emmanuel House which supports homeless and vulnerable adults in Nottingham.
Air IT staff collecting food, clothing and funds for charity at Christmas
About Emmanuel House
Based on Goosegate in the city centre, Emmanuel House is a registered charity that receives no statutory funding and solely relies on the goodwill of individuals, businesses and other community groups to help meet demand for its drop-in and support services. As well as being established in Nottingham in 2005, Air IT operate around 4 core company values, which includes ‘Community’:
Creating a positive place to work, leading by example, giving back and supporting ethical initiatives. Responsible leadership.
Giving back to the local community
In total, we collected 8 bags of clothing and more than 100 items of tinned and dry foods for the charity’s Gift of Hope Winter Appeal which will provide shelter and hot meals during the festive period, including presents and a traditional dinner for over 100 visitors on Christmas Day.
Additionally, we collected over £60 in cash to top up the fund as part of our festive celebrations, including a staff Christmas jumper day on Thursday 21st December. Denis Tully, Chief Executive Officer at Emmanuel House said:
We deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication of Air IT and the staff to providing donations to Emmanuel House. It is an especially poignant time of year when it is so cold and the number of homeless people is on the increase. The contribution of Air IT will help Emmanuel House provide a meaningful Christmas for people who otherwise would not have one.
Staff follow CEO footsteps
Earlier this year, Air IT’s CEO, Todd McQuilkin and Marketing Director, Paul Judge took part in the annual CEO Sleepout, which involved sleeping rough overnight in the ground of Notts County FC. Air IT’s Marketing Director, Paul Judge said:
Between them, Todd and Paul raised more than £1,700 by taking part in the sleepout, and thanks to a joint effort with 100 other local business leaders, over £75,000 was raised and split between Emmanuel House and The Friary drop-in centre in West Bridgford. Paul adds:
Supporting a charity cause every Christmas is a long-standing tradition that our team like to do. However, this year is particularly special as Emmanuel House is not only local but were also nominated to give staff the chance to show their support, following our previous involvement through the CEO Sleepout initiative.
The ordeal of sleeping rough for a night is still fresh in my memory and I expect it will be for a long time to come. Safe in the confines of Meadow Lane, I’m sure we only had a small taste of what it’s truly like to sleep without shelter so it’s vital that centres like Emmanuel House exist to support those in need. As temperatures drop below freezing, it’s our pleasure to do something practical to support the well-being of those living without home comforts this winter.
Paul and Todd getting ready for the CEO Sleepout earlier this year with Service Desk mascot, Technology Tom