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charity of the year share chester

Following a company-wide vote, Share has been selected as our first ever ‘Charity of the Year’.

Staff based at our office in Chester were asked to nominate a local charity to fundraise for this year. Share, the overall winner, supports homeless people in Chester as well as assisting refugees further afield.


Who Share are and what they do

Share is a not-for-profit organisation that works with homeless people in the UK, specifically people who are rough sleeping in Chester. The charity also helps people who are fleeing for their lives and living in refugee camps, from war-torn places like Syria and Uganda.

shareshop chester

Share run a charity and coffee shop in Chester where people can buy a ‘suspended coffee’.


Why they were voted Charity of the YearGraham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Cottages

Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Cottages said: “I believe in the importance of businesses making a contribution to their local community and this is what we wanted to recognise with our Charity of the Year. We asked staff to nominate local charities that they were really passionate about.

“Share is a fantastic cause and a real asset to Chester. They’re working tirelessly to combat one of the biggest issues in society at the moment and as a local business, it’s a privilege to be able to support them”.


How Sykes is getting involved

Sykes has set a fundraising target of £2,500 and in addition to this, plan to donate clothing and food, as well as donating their time by volunteering both in the ShareShop and with Share’s Outreach Team.

Plans are already in motion to kick off the fundraising with a bake sale held this week raising over £250. Other plans to raise money for Share include a donation station for clothes, and a staff pub quiz night in the pipeline.

share bake sale

Sykes have already raised over £250 with a bake sale


How you can help

If you are passionate about tackling homelessness in Chester and want to help, there are many ways you can get involved. From popping to the ShareShop, on Northgate St, and buying a suspended coffee to donating clothes.

If you would like to volunteer your time, pop into the shop and speak to the shop manager, Ann-Marie Chamberlain.

For more information on Share and how you can get involved, visit their website.

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