The staff at Utmost International Guernsey have made a donation to Guernsey charity, Wigwam Support Group.
Funds were raised through monthly donations and a number of events, including a monthly meat draw, raffles and a staff quiz evening. Utmost then matched the amount raised by staff bringing the total to £7,912.
Wigwam Support Group will use the donation to support children with additional needs to pursue their hobbies and interests as much as possible alongside their peers.
A portion of the donation will also pay for two sponsored workers to support children in the Youth Commission’s summer playscheme to allow disabled children to attend.
Wigwam Support Group offers friendship, support and advice to the families of children and young people with additional needs. Their work includes individual family support, and helping children as they become young adults and transition from school and children’s services to the world of adult services. They are a voice for members when issues that affect them need to be addressed.
Family Support Coordinator at Wigwam Support Group, Susie Gallienne, said: “Wigwam were delighted to have been Utmost’s charity of the year for 2021. We are very grateful for the number of fundraising initiatives they put on and the incredible amount of money they raised during what has been a very trying year for everyone.
“We hope to be able to extend the donation to create some individual activities for our more severely disabled children and some for toys and equipment for a protected play space we are hoping to develop later this year in partnership with Edible Guernsey.”
Utmost International Guernsey CEO, Leon Steyn, added: “We are so pleased to have raised a substantial amount of funds to support not one, but three different initiatives for Wigwam. It’s incredibly important to us that we are able to make a difference in people’s lives.
“Each year, our fundraising efforts are a huge success and I’m grateful to our staff members for getting involved.”
The main picture shows: Utmost International representatives Naga Nandiboyina, Rupert Stow and Paul Jarrald with Family Support Coordinator at Wigwam Support Group, Susie Gallienne.