Serco employees have raised £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz, a UK charity which aims to transform the lives of disabled children and young people by providing vital mobility equipment, skills training and work placements.
The money has been raised by Serco people from across the UK undertaking a variety of fundraising activities and events including bake sales, dress down days, running the London marathon, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and growing moustaches.
Serco has made a number of donations to Whizz-Kidz since employees nominated the charity as their chosen cause in 2013. The latest donation of £91,000 brings the total raised to £250,000 and will fund youth clubs for young disabled people and Mobility Therapists, who work with families to identify the type of equipment children need to help them live full, active lives and reach their true potential.
Wheelchair Skills Training sessions and mobility equipment have been funded through previous donations, and employees have also supported the charity by promoting volunteering opportunities, organising work placements within the business for young disabled people, and raising awareness of accessibility across its UK contracts in collaboration with Whizz-Kidz.
Ed Casey, Serco's Group Chief Operating Officer, said: "I'm extremely proud of our colleagues who have devoted a huge amount of time and energy raising money for Whizz-Kidz. This is a great charity which does so much to support young people to fulfil their potential, and Serco is delighted to be able to play a part in their inspiring work."
Whizz-Kidz CEO, Ruth Owen OBE, said: "I would like to thank everyone at Serco for their enthusiasm and passion in supporting our charity, through fundraising and offering their time to support our young people. This latest funding will support our expert Mobility Therapists - who assess young people for the vital right equipment for them, and our Ambassador Clubs - providing young disabled people a chance to meet other youngsters in their local area, develop new skills and have fun."