Every two years, our colleagues nominate a charity that they believe will benefit from our support in each of our four locations. The charities with the most votes are then chosen as First Central’s charity partners. Our support includes both financial gifts and donations of time and resources.
Earlier this year, our colleagues chose Autism Guernsey as our charity partner in Guernsey for the next two years, and fundraising efforts are already under way, with the aim of raising £4,000 for them.
Autism Guernsey is an independent charity that assists and supports people on the autism spectrum in Guernsey. Its aim is to ensure those with autism are able to lead full, positive and inclusive lives and enjoy a reasonable degree of independence.
John Davison, Chief Information Officer at First Central, said: “We’re proud to be supporting Autism Guernsey as our charity partner for the next two years. Their work is hugely valuable to many islanders, and they provide the best care and support for people with autism.”
As part of First Central’s fundraising efforts for Autism Guernsey, employees will be taking part in the School of Popular Music’s Battle of the Bands competition on 16th and 17th September. The team will raise £300 and First Central will match that amount to enter the competition. The winning band will win £1,000 to go to a charity of their choice.
We’ve also signed up to take part in Autism Guernsey and the GSPCA’s Puffin Parade. First Central’s puffin will be brought to life by the artist Isabelle Powis throughout the summer, ready to take its place in the parade early next year.
Julia Watts, Service Manager at Autism Guernsey, said: “We’re very pleased to have been chosen as First Central’s charity partner. Their support will be vital in helping us deliver our essential services to those in need. We’re excited to see what the next year holds for Autism Guernsey.”