Lupton Fawcett Travels to South Africa to Support Charity
Known as Bambisanani (which is Zulu for working hand in hand) this is the collaboration of two schools, St Mary's Catholic High School, Menston and the Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. Using sport as the catalyst which started the partnership back in 2006, both schools learn about international understanding, education, health and leadership as well as raising much needed funds to help with education and health awareness in the Mnyakanya School.
St George's Crypt is a charity which our employees nominated to support. Based in Leeds, St George's Crypt works with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering addiction.
In April 2013, the firm invited the great and good from the professional services community to join us for a charity quiz night – around £1,000 was raised with the team from Sagars winning the coveted Lupton Fawcett trophy.
In June 2013, the staff from the firm organised a 'slave auction' which saw 10 Directors of the firm 'selling' one hour of their time in a variety of themes – dressing up in a tiger 'onesy' and walking up and down Greek Street, dancing Gang Nam style through the offices, cleaning staff cars etc and with many of the directors kindly matching the bids raised on the night. Circa £1800 was raised on the night.
In July, our Director and Chairman, Kevin Emsley, accompanied by the founder of Bambisanani, David Geldart, with staff and children from St Mary's School, Menston visited the Natal region of South Africa to view first-hand the plight of those in the region, the struggles the children have to put up with to attend school and how those children who have been left orphaned cope on their own.
Kevin Emsley comments: "It is all well and good supporting a charity for the right reasons. However, until you have actually seen how these children live, the Country in which they live and the struggles they face on a daily basis, can you fully understand the role you have undertaken."
David Geldart comments: "The team that visited South Africa was wonderful which reflected on the young people - we achieved more than we have ever done before in a very harmonious and supportive manner. Sometimes you create a team where the sum of the whole is greater than that of the individual members - that is precisely what we had, an excellent and very effective team. I have just been reading through some of the pupil perspectives, from both countries, and the impact of our efforts is clear to see if not a little humbling - this would not have happened without this support and the fantastic opportunities that Lupton Fawcett and the pupils of St Mary's School, Menston helped create"
One mother, whose daughter was selected to be part of the 2013 South Africa trip, comments: "Thank you for helping my daughter have such a fantastic trip to South Africa. She has been influenced by so many people, too many to name, but obviously David Geldart, his team and Kevin Emsley. Thank you for supporting her through this incredibly special, memorable and life-changing experience."
The firm will also support most of the national fundraising appeals such as Comic Relief, Children in Need and Sport Relief and will regularly host events, for the remainder of the year, to raise awareness for its charities among its clients, professional contacts and friends.