As a company, we at Hero IT Support love doing our bit for charities and our local Brighton community. Whether it’s encouraging school children to take STEM GCSE’s or raising money by dressing up. That’s why for International Day of Charity, we hosted our own ‘Superhero Day’ to raise money for the wonderful charity Family Fund. When asking the team what they wanted to do for this occasion, everyone thought it would be fun to dress up as their favourite superheroes as we are called Hero IT Support. It was quite fitting.
What Did We Do?
On Wednesday 5th September, it was just an ordinary day in the office, providing our world-class small business IT support… apart from everyone being dressed up as superheroes. We were helping to raise money for seriously ill and disabled children’s families so they are able to live a fun and normal life, as well as bring awareness of the charity to the Brighton Community.
The day as a whole was brilliant with all sorts of characters from Supergirl to Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. Just our luck, this was the day the building inspectors were due to pop in. Needless to say, we put on a good show and a smile on their faces as they cracked a few puns.
We also had a supplier visit the office for a quick meeting with Batgirl. He had previously heard of our fundraising intentions and agreed to meet as Batman. However, due to meetings prior to ours, he sadly couldn’t commit to his costume. Instead he took some photos of the team for us and exchanged more jokes with the IT technicians.
Next time, we may plan our costumes a little better after having a giggle at how the costumes made it difficult to complete certain tasks at work, such as answer the phone. As you can see in the image below, some had to use the handset of the phones rather than their headsets.
Who are Family Fund?
For those who are not familiar with Family Fund, they are a charity who support children and their families financially to help provide grants. These grants can be used for essential items such as computers, tablets, kitchen appliances, much needed family breaks and lots more. Having a seriously ill or disabled child can cost a parent up to three times more to financially support. These families are in desperate need of grants, which is where Family Fund come in.
The grants are distributed all over the UK including the Brighton Community and make significant differences to people’s lives. Family Fund are continuously developing and delivering new ways to help support families who need it most to make their lives a little easier, making sure they don’t have to worry about money and can focus on being a family. To find out more about the amazing work this charity does or read about some of the lives they have made a difference to, take a look at their website by clicking here.
Why did we choose Family Fund?
As a company that provides IT support Brighton businesses have been using for over a decade, we are passionate about technology and the many advantages it can bring to both businesses and people’s home lives. We are keen supporters of Family Fund’s Digital Skills Programme which has been recently shortlisted for the Family Support Awards at this year’s Child & Young People Now Awards. The Digital Skills Programme provides parents, carers and young people with the education they need to support the seriously ill or disabled children in their lives. This technology can make a drastic difference and allows people to get the most out of their digital devices. Not only does this course teach them the skills they have been missing, it also highlights and makes people aware of the security risks online and how to keep themselves and their families safe by utilising things such as parental controls. If you would like any tips or advice on how to keep yourself and your family safe online, take a look at our guide made for Internet Safety Day. Internet Security and cybercrime is something we, and other IT companies, deal with where we optimise technology and keep people updated with the latest scams, to prevent harm to the business. Knowing that this course it is helping fight cybercrime and keeping individuals as well as children safe, made our charity of choice obvious. Therefore, we wanted to do our bit to help improve someone’s life and raise money for Family Fund as well as bring awareness about the charity and the amazing work they do to the Brighton Community.
Where do the donations go?
£50 allows the charity to recognise the challenges faced by siblings of the seriously ill or disabled children with a small grant towards either a gift or an activity to provide them with time to relax and enjoy their childhood.
£140 helps contribute to a free digital skills workshop for a parent or carer of a disabled child. This workshop allows the parents and carers to customise technology such as devices to support their child’s vision, hearing, motor or learning needs, activate parental controls. Along with further support and local resources.
£500 gives Family Fund the funding towards a grant to cover a seriously ill or disabled child’s basic day-to-day needs. Money that parents and carers may not be able to provide on their own.
Every penny counts, and we are determined to raise as much as possible. Our target is £250, and we have smashed it, but we’re not done yet! We are still accepting donations and would appreciate if you could take a moment to help us help support Family Fund and donate as little or as much as you can. Click the button below to head over to our Just giving page to make your donation.