Case Study: Business Works

There’s no getting away from the fact that we can’t help children and their families without charitable donations. Many amazing people organise a wide range of events every year or join in with some already arranged and choose us as their charity.

When Leeds-based accountancy firm Business Works wanted to support a charity Give A Duck seemed like the perfect fit.

They were looking for a local charity to which donations would make a real difference and decided that they would donate a duck in the name of each new client, passing on the money to the charity a flock at a time.

Since late 2017 they have donated six flocks (that’s 72 ducks) on behalf of clients. The Business Works team creates a certificate for each new client to let them know about the donation, which helps spread awareness of both the charity and the initiative.

Managing director Joanne Tomlinson said: “We know that every single donation makes a difference to sick children and their families at what must feel like the worst time of their lives. We liked the idea that each donation we make equates to something tangible with a direct benefit to people who need it, and our clients love it too!”

And the generosity of the Business Works team doesn’t stop there. At Christmas they agreed not to give one another Christmas cards, but pool their money to buy an extra duck. And two team members, Kate Roberts and Sindy Smetham, joined #TeamGiveADuck for the 2019 Leeds 10K and raised an amazing £450 in sponsorship smashing their £250 target!  Collectively the 10K team raised £3,128.84, providing 125 Chemo Ducks to children in Yorkshire.

Could your business support Give A Duck with a similar scheme? Get in touch today e-mail for more details or visit our fundraising page for more ideas.

Why raise money for us?

Having cancer is a scary thing. And it’s even worse when you’re a child who perhaps isn’t old enough to understand everything that’s happening to you.

Give A Duck works with play leaders, nursing staff and families with children at Principal Treatment Centres and other hospitals in the UK to help make things a little less scary. Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program was developed in the US by specialists to alleviate anxiety and create huggable hope.

Read more about the Give A Duck education programme and the pack children are given here.

If you have another idea about how to raise money, drop us an e-mail

Our Chemo Duck mascot sometimes drops in to fundraising events, so let us know if you’d like him to come along to your event!