Partner with us!
One of the best ways for your company to support Challengers is to partner with us. Whether that means choosing us as your Charity of the Year, sponsoring one of our many fundraising events, or offering pro bono skills-based support, we can offer mutually beneficial charity partnership opportunities to suit your company’s individual needs.
Choosing to partner with Challengers can help you to attract new business, build links with your local community, increase staff morale, and help you to demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility.
You can make a real difference to disabled children and their families, and be part of our mission to change perceptions of disability for a more inclusive society. Sound good? Get in touch today to discuss how we can work together.
Let’s work together!
77% of consumers are more likely to use companies that are committed to making the world a better place, proving that “business for good” really is good for business. Here are some examples of how we work with our corporate partners.
Charity of the Year Partnerships
Choosing Challengers as your company’s Charity of the Year is a great way to give employees a common goal and unite your team.
We can support all employee fundraising initiatives, so whether you choose Challengers as your charity of the year, or you have a group of employees who want to get involved, we’ll work closely with you to make sure your fundraising experience is a hit!
Join our Business Club
The Challengers Business Club is a dynamic group of local and national companies who are committed to supporting Challengers, while reaping the benefits to help grow their businesses.
Aside from supporting a much-loved local children’s charity which is a fantastic way to engage customers and staff with your charitable commitment, members also enjoy:
- Exclusive quarterly events, often featuring guest speakers with insights into key business areas including business negotiation, public affairs and branding.
- High-quality networking opportunities – all our members are decision makers and influencers within their own business.
- Each company membership provides 50 hours of play for a disabled child or young person through their fees.
Business Club membership costs £1,000 per year (or £85 per month). For more information and to discuss membership, please contact our Fundraising team.
The Business Club attracts like-minded members of the local community with whom we can share ideas, experiences, and find opportunities to work together. It’s a networking organisation with heart and spirit.Paul Ginever, Plan A Architects and Business Club Member
Sponsor an event
Each year we hold a variety of exciting fundraising events across the South East which are available for sponsorship.
Talk to us about our upcoming events, and we can put together a sponsorship package which suits you and your company.
We can also provide sponsorship opportunities for Play and Youth schemes in your local area, helping you stand out in your community and make a tangible and lasting difference to local disabled children and their families.
Meet some of our amazing corporate partners
For over 20 years, Brewers Decorator Centres have been an incredible corporate partner to Challengers, supporting our work with numerous donations. In 2004, Brewers very generously donated £1,000,000 to the charity to build a brand-new Playcentre in Farnham, helping us to bring the joy of play to more children and families. Throughout the years, Brewers have supported us via direct company donations, staff fundraising and partnership campaigns, including the recent Vibrant Lives campaign in 2021 where Challengers received 30 pence from every purchase of Albany tinted colour, culminating in a donation of over £10,000. We are incredibly proud to count Brewers as a corporate partner, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this mutually beneficial partnership.
Kelly’s Storage has been working in partnership with Challengers since 2010. Back then, Director Moira Martin came up with the fantastic idea that Kelly’s Storage could pay for and organise a sporting event on behalf of the charity. The first event raised an incredible £30,000 for Challengers, and the rest is history! Kelly’s Storage Charity Events was born and an amazing relationship between the Green & Orange teams was established. We have worked on almost 20 events together to date which have raised more than £500,000. Many Kelly’s Storage staff have also become passionate supporters of Challengers, and have raised over £10,000 through their own initiatives. We are so grateful to Moira and the Kelly’s Storage team for their ongoing support and generosity.
NFU Mutual first supported Challengers through their COVID Funding programme in 2020, donating an amazing £3,164. This vital donation helped us to continue running our services throughout the pandemic. Since then, NFU Mutual have continued to support us with their grant scheme every year. In total NFU Mutual have donated an incredible £16,494.62 with hopes of this support to continue!
Pearson Hards Solicitors
An avid champion of Challengers, Pearson Hards, have shown their support in a variety of ways. 2019-2020 they picked Challengers to be their first ever Charity of the Year, this meant so much to us here and since then they have continued to attend fundraising events (took part in our 2020 Guildford Cathedral Abseil!) as well as fundraising through their own initiative. Over these few years, Pearson Hards have raised £8944.23 for Challengers! A relationship like the one Challengers has with Pearson Hards to so important, not just funding to be able to run our services but the passion that the employees have about the work that we provide and spreading the word to others.
Waitrose have supported Challengers for many years through their Community Matters programme. Collectively across all stores in the South-East region, they have donated a total of £17,894.13! Local stores to Challengers have also been so generous with Gifts in Kind. For example, donating their cages for us to use as storage in our Guildford Toy Shed and providing food or drink at some of our events.
More ways to support
Payroll Giving is a simple way for you to make a regular donation to Challengers directly from your salary. Donating in this way is the most tax-effective way of giving to charity. Simply put, it means Challengers receives more at no extra cost to you!
As a company, it’s also an opportunity to gain recognition by achieving a Quality Mark Award. Payroll Giving is easy to set up and our Fundraising team is happy to help you with every step of the process.
We have plenty of events throughout the year that need the support of volunteers, or there are also opportunities for employees to volunteer at our centres in Farnham or Guildford to help keep our centres safe and fun for children. Please get in touch with us to discuss upcoming volunteering opportunities for your team.
Gifts in Kind
Supporting Challengers with gifts in kind can be a simple but valuable way of working with us. In-kind support from companies could be in the form of raffle or auction prizes, as well as the donation of products or professional services that aid the operational side of the charity.
Many businesses have their own corporate foundations, and some require employee support for applications. If your company has a foundation and you’d like Challengers to be considered for a grant, please let us know and we can help you make the most out of your application.