In a bid to bring their team together whilst working from home, Next Phase Recruitment encouraged staff to take part in a garden decathlon, raising £775 for their local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.
“When we first started working from home in March, we set each other some creative and physical challenges to keep us all in high spirits and connected,” says Steve Twinley, Managing Director at Next Phase Recruitment. “This made us realise the importance of doing things together that aren’t work-related, as it helps to keep our days fun, exciting, and fresh. So, we thought, let us do something that keeps that energy level up but has a greater purpose too!”
Next Phase Recruitment is a specialist Life Science and Technology recruitment consultancy, based in Horsham. “We chose Chestnut Tree House as our charity of the year for a variety of reasons. Most of us have children, we work within the healthcare space and it is our local children’s hospice. A lot of the recruitment projects we undertake support the development of cell and gene therapies for children with rare diseases. It just felt like an appropriate charity to get involved with.”
On the first weekend in June, the team were encouraged to compete in the company’s very first garden decathlon. “It was a garden decathlon like no other,” says Steve Twinley. “We had a 1500cm log roll, a long jump, a paper aeroplane competition and much more – it was great fun!”
“It was a stress reliever and it was also great for the team and our families – it gave us something to really engage with and helped to boost staff morale. We’re really proud to have raised this money and it’s great to know that it’s going towards a worthy cause.” The team raised over an incredible £775!
Looking ahead, the Next Phase Recruitment team are really looking forward to continuing their support of their local children’s hospice. “We are excited to work with Chestnut Tree House, from volunteering to fundraising and taking part in events, we can’t wait to get planning!”