Aviva staff in Eastleigh helped raise a bumper £100,000 for charity after taking part in a sponsored sleep out.
Almost 30 Aviva employees slept rough outside the insurer’s Chilworth House office and were joined by senior management, including chief executive, Aviva UK Life, Toby Strauss.
The Sleep Out was part of Aviva’s global Street to School programme which is designed to help vulnerable children get off the streets and back into education.
In the UK, Aviva’s Street to School programme has joined forces with the Railway Children charity to raise awareness and help address the plight of the 100,000 children who run away from home or care every year.
Mark Hodges, chief executive, Aviva UK, said:
“We are incredibly proud of our staff – what a fantastic team effort. Since we announced our Street to School programme we’ve had a hugely positive response but it’s fair to say that the fundraising has exceeded our expectations.
Our commitment is not just financial though, it’s about raising awareness of the issue and highlighting the fact that there are thousands of children sleeping on UK streets. We have much more activity lined up for later in the year so watch this space.”
Terina Keene, Railway Children’s chief executive added: “It was just fantastic to see so many Aviva staff all over the country giving up their time to raise awareness and funds for children living on the streets in the UK.
“To have raised £100,000 is just an amazing achievement and this money represents a great start for the Street to School programme. The funds from the sleep-out will support projects working with children on the streets, in refuge, in their homes and in schools”.
The money will provide Railway Children with much-needed funds to recruit street workers, support staff or regional refuge projects.
Aviva claim a long track record of community investment and last year invested £3.7m in the UK with staff, who all get three days paid volunteering leave, delivering over 53,000 volunteering hours.
In Eastleigh alone, 200 employees volunteered for nearly 2,300 hours