Tectrade has raised over £1,000 for DEBRA, the only national charity supporting people suffering from the potentially fatal skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Two teams of five Tectrade volunteers took over DEBRA charity shops in Merrow and Farncombe to compete in a retail challenge for sales supremacy. The day saw the teams bring their sales expertise to a new forum in an effort to raise money for a good cause. In a light-hearted day of teambuilding, the team also carried out a raffle with prizes including Afternoon Tea at the Chocolate Frog Tea Rooms, a Bio Sculpture Nail treatment with Bio Sculpture Godalming and a Godalming Delights Sweet Shop voucher. The Merrow store also had the extra excitement of three hours with local business SparkleFace Face Painting, while Farncombe saw a Tombola, designer deals, furniture offers and a DVD special sale.
At the end of the day, Team Merrow helped generate more than £500 in additional income for the shop. Meanwhile Team Farncombe could boast the greatest percentage increase with a 162% in daily revenue.
Alex Fagioli, CEO of Tectrade said: “I am very thankful to the Tectrade team for getting so strongly behind this initiative, and it is a testament to the strength of character we have. Of course, there was the friendly competition between the two teams, but I am delighted that we have been able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause and a charity that is important to us all.”
Jenny Jackson, Business Development Manager at DEBRA added: “I’d like to thank Alex and both Tectrade teams who took time to volunteer with us and fight EB. That Tectrade enabled its employees to spend the day doing charity work is testament to its commitment to the local community and is an example for others to follow.”
The event was a part of Tectrade’s ‘Giving Back to the Community Week’ where the company paid for 20 employees to take time out of the office to volunteer with a range of local charities that provide care for people in Godalming and the West Surrey area.
Other activities carried out by volunteers include painting a resident’s room at the Stonepit Close care home in support of the National Autistic Society and painting resident rooms at The Meath Epilepsy Charity, which provides people living with complex epilepsy a place to live.
Alex Fagioli, CEO of Tectrade continued: “The range of causes that we are supporting are near and dear to each member of the Tectrade team. We have run a range of charity activities in the office before, but we wanted to take the next step and actually get hands-on with the local community.”
Due to the overwhelming interest from employees to be involved, we will be replicating this initiative in the summer to further support local charities.