Friday, August 21, 2015

News: Stafforce's helping hand for Nepal

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Rotherham industrial and commercial recruiter Stafforce Recruitment is creating a large canvas artwork to raise money to help people in Nepal badly affected by earthquakes earlier this year.

With a head office on Percy Street in Rotherham town centre and a UK-wide network of sites, Stafforce offers a range of services to national clients and aims to achieve a £200m turnover within five years.

Stafforce employees will raise the funds by selling space on the canvas for people to leave a handprint throughout the month of August, for a £50 donation. It is part of a company-wide initiative to raise £15,000 to fund the health post for a year with relief organisation PHASE Worldwide.

Once completed, the canvas will either be auctioned off to raise more money, or will be exhibited at Rotherham's Gallery Town.

The company will also be working with local schools who will be creating their own canvas artwork, selling spaces for a £1 donation.

Louise Chambers, recruitment consultant at Stafforce (pictured), said: "We wanted to do something different to raise money and we thought creating a piece of art was a fantastic idea. We loved the theme of helping hands so that naturally led to selling space on the canvas for people to leave a handprint and donate to the cause.

"The earthquakes in Nepal were an absolute disaster for the country and have left thousands of people in a desperate situation. One of the biggest difficulties people face in the aftermath of such events is access to healthcare just at a time when they need it most.

"That is why we have decided to do this. The money we raise will help rebuild the health posts decimated in the earthquake, cover the costs of drugs and other medical supplies for a year, and two full time members of staff and a third nurse who will cover other health posts in the region.

"Anyone interesting in supporting our efforts can sponsor us on the company's Virgin Money Giving page."

The charity initiative comes after Stafforce Recruitment donated £15,000 of its own money to PHASE Worldwide to establish an initial health post in Kashigaun, in the Gorkha District of the country.

Stafforce founder Nick Cragg, travelled to a remote area of Nepal in 1997 to advise on a construction related project for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The trip left Nick with a desire to help the proud and resourceful remote communities in Nepal; he became a co-founder of PHASE in 2006 and has made regular visits to Nepal since.

Sarah Galvin, director of PHASE Worldwide, said: "Stafforce's Rotherham branch has come up with a really novel and lovely way to raise money for Nepal. Having functioning health posts is the best way of ensuring local people get the help they need and are able to start rebuilding their lives."

Stafforce website
PHASE website

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