C &C Alpha sponsor The Passage’s Summer Garden Party

Eight C &C Alpha Group employees attended the summer Garden Party of our new charity partner, The Passage in the picturesque grounds of Westminster Abbey. Sponsorship from partners including C & C helped the event – which was attended by 496 people – to so far raise £30,000 for the homeless charity – an increase of £10,000 from the 2016 Summer Garden Party.

The evening featured a prize raffle draw, a silent auction, live music and a supper cooked by Passage volunteers. Almost 70 volunteers came together in total to put on the event, with responsibilities ranging from cooking the supper to table service.

Attending C &C employees met Passage CEO Mick Clarke for the first time, who was on hand to thank them in person for their support and to explain the partnership and future volunteering opportunities in more detail.

Money raised from the evening will be spent across the services provided by The Passage: homelessness prevention projects, resource centre services, outreach services, hotel accommodation, supported semi-independent accommodation and community support for formerly homeless people.

The Passage are increasingly reliant on voluntary financial support as a consequence of government funding cuts year on year. It costs more than £4.5million a year to run The Passage and more than 70& of its revenue comes from fundraising.

Veronica Borkowska of C &C Alpha Group said:

‘It was a fantastic experience to go to the event and we were inspired by meeting so many of The Passage volunteers of all ages, some of whom have been volunteering with the charity for as long as twenty years. Meeting such a range of people: from university students to retirees, all of whom were so passionate, really illustrated what a difference people can make.

Financial support is so important, but this was an event that showed how influential personal involvement can be too. The party itself was flawlessly organised and executed, and it was a lovely opportunity to explore such a beautiful side of Westminster that we normally would not have the chance to see.’

Roger Clark, the Passage DCEO said:

‘We are incredibly grateful for the support of C & C Alpha for one of our flagship events. The Garden Party is an established and valued event in The Passage calendar with 500 supporters enjoying the wonderful Westminster Abbey College Gardens and music from the Salvation Army.

We really couldn’t deliver what we do without the amazing support of volunteers, both in terms of putting on events like the Garden Party and also in the day-to-day running of The Passage. It was lovely to see C & C Alpha and the other sponsors at the Garden Party, we really appreciate all their support and we hope that they enjoyed their evening as much as we did!’

C & C will be organising a winter clothing collection this August, helping to provide jackets and warm clothes as the cold weather kicks in, while plans are also afoot for a ‘kitchen takeover’ day, when they will prepare and serve food for the homeless.