ACCO Brands collaborates with charity

ACCO Brands has announced the contribution of state-of-the-art products to facilitate the enhancement of the Education Suite at the Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury, where ACCO Brands’ UK headquarters are currently based. This is central to the developments made at the charity, which have been assisted by year-long fundraising efforts by ACCO Brands’ employees.
Following the nomination of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) as its Charity of the Year, ACCO Brands have directed charitable efforts towards making a difference to the Hospice since the start of January. The Hospice provides palliative and end-of-life care for those with life-limiting illnesses, and seeks to raise over £750,000 each year to provide the necessary care and support for these patients and their families.
ACCO Brands’ latest support for the charity focused on kitting out FNHC’s head office and Education Suite with state-of-the-art office equipment worth over £10,000. This included new business machines and ergonomic tools such as shredders, laminators, whiteboards, projection screens, noise reducing panels, monitor risers and other innovative office products, to make the jobs of the staff more comfortable and productive. The Education Suite is used for in-house clinical and charity training, and is also rented out to other local charities and healthcare providers to generate additional income. The enhanced suite will not only improve the delivery of the in-house training but is also expected to increase the number of external bookings, raising even more income for the Charity.
To further assist the developments in the Hospice, employees at ACCO Brands have come together with great enthusiasm in organising a string of fundraising activities throughout 2017. Staff hosted a ‘Spring Clean’, donating lots of goods including books, clothes and DVDs, which have either been used internally at the Hospice, or resold in FNHC’s retail shops. The staff also donated a large basket of Easter eggs for the Charity’s Easter Tombola. As well as this, employees took part in some adventurous fundraising activities such as the Midnight Walk, Colour Rush, Chester Marathon, and entered a football team as part of another local company’s fundraising activity. One keen member of staff has even dressed up as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny in order to raise as much money as possible.
Elisabete Wells, Regional Marketing Director UK & Ireland ACCO Brands EMEA, comments: “ACCO Brands chose Florence Nightingale as our charity of the year earlier in 2017 and it has been a pleasure to take on efforts throughout the year to fundraise for their outstanding team.”
Elisabete Wells adds: “We hope that our enhancement of the Education Suite in particular, will help support the ongoing training of the hardworking staff at the Hospice, but also help to assist those who are in the unfortunate position of requiring care provided by the Florence Nightingale Hospice.”
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredibly generous support from ACCO Brands and the work they have done in the Education Suite is going to benefit the Charity and those who use it hugely,” said Sue Jenkins, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “It is a great space for training and presentations, and the new equipment has given it the lift it needed in providing a more professional, efficient and high quality environment both for presenters and attendees. This will make the Education Suite even more attractive to organisations who need to hire a facility like this.”
The Education Suite was officially re-opened on the 27th September at the Charity’s Annual General Meeting and ACCO Brands hopes that its contribution will help make a big difference to the outstanding work that the organisation does.