FedEx and Action for Children

The courier company provides volunteering and financial support for the children's charity

FedEx staff give their time
FedEx staff give their time

The partnership - or relationship, as the company prefers to call it - between FedEx and Action for Children is not going to break any fundraising records. Instead, it is a fine balance between financial support and the volunteering done by FedEx staff in the children's charity's projects.

Nearly £158,000 has been donated by the company since September 2010 to the specially created Delivering Hope for Children Fund, which provides the wherewithal for trips and days out for the charity's beneficiaries.

In addition, £20,000 has been raised by FedEx staff for other projects, such as creating a sensory room at a disability project.

The involvement of FedEx staff is neatly split. "Some employees will be actively involved in fundraising, others in volunteering," says Louise Marsh, corporate fundraiser at Action for Children. "The two go hand in hand: volunteering really resonates in people's minds and, in turn, supports fundraising."

Volunteering, which has totalled 730 hours, takes many forms. Staff have transformed a wasteland into a play area, painted a mural, taken children to Alton Towers and run 'work taster' sessions in Manchester, complementing the charity's own employability programme, which helps young people gain work skills.

"Where FedEx stands out from other companies is that it recognises the cost attached to volunteering," says Marsh. The company has made additional grants to fund materials and volunteering activities. "It has been crucial in our ability to deliver a programme that works," she says.

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