Staffordshire charity staff go above and beyond for local causes


Staff, family members and volunteers of local charity Support Staffordshire are going above and beyond this month to raise vital funds for their organisation.

Support Staffordshire who provide free support for over 1,000 charities, non-profit and voluntary organisations in our county, has recently launched a brand new fundraising strategy which will help them to become a stronger and more robust organisation enabling them to provide even more support to Staffordshire’s community.

During the pandemic Support Staffordshire were instrumental in providing a safety net to local charities, supporting voluntary and community groups with Covid risk assessments and safe re-opening protocols, they set-up and operated good neighbour schemes, supported 1,000s of socially isolated people, and even helped prevent the collapse of some charities by supporting them with funding applications and placed hundreds of volunteers across the county eager to help their community.

Staff and their families are really getting behind the fundraising efforts of the charity, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and dedicating lots of time and effort into training for personal challenges whilst raising sponsorship for the charity.

Trustee of the charity and MD of Brandauer, Rowan Crozier and his wife Zoe, Volunteering for All Manager at Support Staffordshire have taken on a double challenge.  They will not only be walking a blister busting 25KM through London’s Landmarks at the Thames Bridges Trek on 11th September; they will also be donning their running shoes for the Stafford Half Marathon!  They will be joined at the Half Marathon by Support Staffordshire’s Community Officer Nicola Lynes, Fundraising Development Manager Lisa Carson, as well as staff family members Gareth Jolley and Ben Dorkins.

Furthermore, Marketing Officer Jennie Stewart and Social Prescribing Link Worker Robert O’Leary will be climbing Snowdon during the night on 26th September and will be summiting at sunrise on Sunday morning while we are all fast asleep in our beds.

Gulsoom Aslam and her daughters are also taking on various personal walking challenges during September and have already completed the Dam Trail at Derwent Valley, a 5K family walk at Dimmingsdale and they plan to walk Dovedale and Carsington Waters over the coming weeks.

Collectively the staff and volunteer team have raised over £3000 for Support Staffordshire which will offer 75 hours FREE support to local community groups working with vulnerable groups in Staffordshire.

Lisa Carson, Fundraising Development Manager of the charity said “Support Staffordshire is the county’s hidden gem and we do such wonderful work to support so many people.  Fundraising is a really important building block in our plans to ensure we can sustain our future. I am truly heartened by the way that staff, volunteers and family members have put themselves out by making massive personal commitments to raise money for us.  Most of them would not have even dreamt they could run a half marathon or climb a mountain at the beginning of the year and I’m really proud of them all.  I can’t wait to run the half marathon and climb Snowdon with them while we raise vital funds to support the Staffordshire Community”.

If you would like to show your support to these amazing people who are doing so much support the community, you can donate via any of their Just Giving pages here.