Applauding entrepreneurial efforts at the grass roots level whilst simultaneously raising money for a good cause has been Gradian’s strategy behind their recent fundraising for Kidney Research UK.
Kidney Research UK is Gradian’s ongoing charity of choice. Previous fundraising efforts have included the Gradian Team running in The Great South, “Wear Your Onesie” to Work day and their Just-Giving Customer Referral Programme.
This time, the effort has been firmly on the shoulders of school pupil, Grace, who’s father is Managing Director of Gradian Systems and who, herself, suffers from a rare Kidney condition.
After a week’s solid efforts of fundraising involving cake sales, sweet sales and lots of baking, Grace managed to raise £290.16 at school for Kidney Research UK. All this activity was permitted only once she had jumped through hoops to gain approval from her head teacher, Graham Best, of St John’s College in Portsmouth. Grace describes her efforts:
“I had to write a proper business plan with profit and loss forecasts and provide a clear strategy of activity to the head teacher before he allowed me to go ahead. It was quite a challenge, but I really enjoyed the whole process and had some great help from friends. It was good to finally do something myself to raise money for Kidney Research UK instead of relying on the goodwill of others.”
Head teacher, Graham Best, recalls Grace’s determination to raise funds:
“The way she organised the fundraising, co-ordinating various people, standing up and telling people about it and then making it happen shows what a dynamic and impressive young lady Grace is. I’m a huge supporter of her – such focus and determination at her age speaks volumes.”
Proud father, and MD, Damian Acklam comments on Gradian’s input:
“Having seen the time and effort Grace put in, I decided that Gradian would match the money she raised. It goes without saying that the cause is a worthy one but I think it was a great learning curve for Grace to put together a coherent business plan and present it to the head teacher.”
The cheque totalling £580.32 was presented by Grace, Damian & Graham Best to Kidney Research UK on 4th December 2014.