Did you know that tomorrow is Make a Difference Day? There are national days for everything these days (and we do like a tenuous link to them here at Bucks Biz Blog!) so here we are with a post on how to make a difference in the workplace.

It is really important for local businesses to support charities when they can for all kinds of reasons and here at Bucks Biz, we are lucky to be in a position to be able to give back, especially to the local community.  If you keep an eye on the Bucks Biz Community Facebook Group, there's always someone taking part in various fun runs and marathons and there are always businesses here pleased to lend support. 

Giving to charity is a very personal thing – there’s lots of different causes you can support from animal welfare to overseas aid and disaster relief. Interestingly, according to a survey by Charities Aid Foundation, in 2018 children/young people and animal welfare jointly lead the list of the causes people say they donate to. 

So how can you help? There’s loads of ways that small and large businesses can support a charity. Whether it’s a bake sale or a sponsored walk (or run!), it only takes a small team of dedicated and determined employees to organise an event that could truly make a difference.

Consider charities that are local to your business, or have a connection with what you do. There are some truly inspiring projects and organisations that do great work right on our doorstep. Here’s a round-up of some of the charities that have been supported here at Bucks Biz recently.

1.   Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice is one of the most loved charities in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. Willen are close to so many people’s hearts because of the compassionate, personal end of life care they provide for free, both at their hospice at beautiful Willen Lake and in people’s homes.

2.   Sports Traider

Based here at the iCentre, Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering youngsters the kit and support they need to discover and fulfill their sporting ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.Sports Traider have established the first chain of charity shops in the UK that specialise in sports kit and equipment. The aim is to make clothing and sport equipment affordable to all, and at the same time generate a sustainable source of funding to help disadvantaged young people participate in sport.  Read more about Sports Traider in our Meet The Neighbours post here.

3.   Macmillan

Most of us have heard of Macmillan and participated in some way in one of their World's Biggest Coffee Mornings.  We held our own bake-sale here at Bucks Biz last week and you can read more about it here.

4.   The  Little Princess Trust

The Little Princess Trust provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, and fund vital research into childhood cancer.  Read about the time some of our Bucks Biz residents donated their hair to this brilliant charity here.

5.    Le Tour De Tyringham

Le Tour de Tyringham charity bike ride is a local event now in its 3rd year.   A 25 mile & 50 mile Charity Bike Ride happening on 12th October, to raise much needed funds for St Peters Church Tyringham.  Another Bucks Biz resident PC Physiotherapy has supported this event from the beginning and you can read more about them, and their involvement in the event, here.