TORQUAY-based financial claims management company EMCAS is aiming to raise over £10,000 for charity in 12 months.
The business, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in August, has been raising money since the start of the financial year and, following its Back to School fundraiser, has collected in excess of £3,100.
Over 400 members of staff across its Paignton, Torquay, Taunton and Exeter offices dressed up in school uniform for the day to raise funds. Contributions were made through a mix of raffles, on-site school tuck shops and charges for parking in the staff car parks, which were transformed into playgrounds for the day. Staff participated in a range of activities and old school games helping to raise over £1,300. All monies collected will be presented to one of four charities supported by EMCAS.
The Back to School event follows on from a number of other fundraising activities that have been personally spearheaded by the business' chief executive officer, Craig Bernhardt.
Earlier this year Craig helped to raise over £1,800 by completing four gruelling challenges in four weeks, including two triathlons, a 5k fun run through Exeter, and a 210 mile cycle, during which he visited hospices and met the parents of children being supported by South West Children's Hospice, EMCAS' prime charity.
Among the other charities supported by EMCAS are Help for Heroes, Grief Encounter and Anthony Nolan, which it supports through an awareness campaign among staff who may be interested in becoming bone marrow donors for the charity. Staff are also encouraged to support charities of their own choice through payroll giving, which enables tax free gifts to worthy causes.
Commenting on its efforts Craig said: "The charities that we support are all connected to us in various ways, and are very dear to our hearts."