June fundraising from Carpenter Box’s LGBTQIA+ Working Group

In the spirit of their centenary celebrations, Carpenter Box has allocated each working group a month to host engaging activities and raise funds for the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation. June belonged to the LGBTQIA+ Working Group, a vibrant and inclusive community within Carpenter Box. Let’s dive into their fundraising efforts and the exciting events that unfolded!

What do the LGBTQIA+ working group do?

The LGBTQIA+ Working Group is crucial in empowering LGBTQIA+ employees at Carpenter Box by offering them a platform and a secure environment. Through event organization, resource provision, awareness promotion, and education initiatives, the working group boosts visibility, tackles discrimination, and ensures equal opportunities.

Ultimately, having an LGBTQIA+ working group improves the well-being, satisfaction, and engagement of both staff and clients. It fosters an inclusive environment where everyone can flourish and thrive.

What did June’s fundraising efforts include?

LGBT Public Speaking Event:

Kicking off the month with a bang, on Monday, 12th June, Carpenter Box proudly hosted its first-ever LGBT public speaking event.

The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion speaker, Michael C Wearing, took centre stage, sharing his personal journey as an LGBTQIA+ individual. Attendees were captivated by his insights on navigating the world, the significance of inclusive language and pronouns, and ways to create positive change for the LGBTQIA+ community. The event was a huge success, with a full house eagerly absorbing the inspiring stories and knowledge shared by Michael.

Pride lanyards

Throughout June, the group went above and beyond by selling Carpenter Box Pride lanyards. These vibrant and meaningful lanyards not only served as a symbol of support and inclusivity but also raised additional funds for the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation.

LGBTQIA+ “Gaymes Day”:

Continuing the momentum, on Thursday, 22nd June, staff members from the Worthing, Crawley, and Brighton offices came together for a day filled with friendly competition and camaraderie at the LGBTQIA+ “Gaymes Day.” 

Staff were spoiled for choice with a variety of games on offer, with rounders emerging as the most popular. Participants limbered up their muscles and entered the grassy battlefield. It quickly turned into a symphony of flying balls, wild swings and epic catches! Dec Johnson showcased exceptional fielding skills, earning the title of best fielder. While Sam Hebbard displayed bowling prowess, securing the best bowler award. George Renshaw-Fox reigned supreme with the highest rounder score. Tug of war and the egg and spoon race also drew enthusiastic participation, adding an extra dose of fun to the event.

The LGBTQIA+ Working Group at Carpenter Box has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the company’s centenary celebrations throughout the month of June. By hosting thought-provoking events such as the LGBTQIA+ public speaking event, they provided valuable insights and fostered inclusivity within the organisation. The LGBTQIA+ “Gaymes Day” brought staff members together, encouraging teamwork, friendly competition, and a shared sense of joy. Let us commend the LGBTQIA+ Working Group for their dedication to creating a comfortable and inclusive environment for all employees at Carpenter Box. Their efforts exemplify the company’s commitment to celebrating diversity and making a positive impact on the community.

How much did they raise?

We extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the dedicated members of the working group for their unwavering commitment, creativity, and tireless efforts in organizing such engaging and impactful events.

Together they raised a grand total of: £244.10 (with Gift Aid).

Let’s applaud the LGBTQIA+ Working Group for their fantastic efforts in supporting the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation during this centenary year!

Next month the spotlight will be on the Mental Health Champions working group and their fundraising activities throughout July.