ABP Southampton Charity of the Year

The Rainbow Centre is ABP Southampton’s employee chosen Charity of The Year for 2017.

One of the important events that kicks off the new year at ABP Southampton is the announcement of the new charity of the year. The ethos behind our charity of the year campaign is to commit to a single charity to give staff a focus for fundraising efforts during the year. By getting the staff to decide which charity they wish to support each year, everyone feels involved right from the start and we can all feel like we are making a difference.

To select our chosen charity, employees nominate charities who have a strong presence in Southampton or Hampshire. They must also contribute to the local community and have the ability to maintain a creative fundraising calendar. But most importantly, the charity must share our values of ‘safety, integrity, openness, responsibility, contribution, team work and community’. Once a short list has been compiled, all employees are given the chance to submit their vote.

All sorts of events happen throughout the year to raise money, ranging from dress down day once a month, to virtual horse racing, to the more athletic members among us swimming across the Solent in extra cold temperatures and a whole host of other gruelling physical activities, all in the name of charity.

“At The Rainbow Centre we inspire and support children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s, adult Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury and their families. Through a system of learning called Conductive Education we encourage and teach our children/participants to take an active role in their own development. Our children/participants learn new ways to become active and happy individuals who are proud of their own achievements and ready for life’s challenges. We focus on what you CAN DO and inspire all children/participants reach their full potential”