Linden Lodge Charitable Trust, Wimbledon, London

Linden Lodge School provides a high quality educational experience for visually impaired pupils, including those who are multi-disabled and visually impaired. Linden Lodge Charitable Trust plays an important role in providing support to the school on a day-to-day basis, as well as helping to provide important new facilities when these are needed. They are proud to have supported some wonderful new facilities over the last 10 years, and look forward to hearing about new projects that need further donations in order to be realised.

Why did we choose them? Nominated by Zoe, a Sales Consultant, this is a vital and successful school near to our office. We were touched to hear about the passion and commitment of the staff to provide the best possible environment and opportunities for the pupils.

In 2015, Viking staff raised £265 for the Linden Lodge Charitable Trust.

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Merton Faith in Action, Merton, London

Faith in Action aims to provide support, information and assistance to homeless or precariously housed individuals, including those with addictive behaviours, who are generally ‘harder to reach’ and for whom there are currently gaps in service provision. Every Wednesday and Friday throughout the year, FiA runs a Homeless Drop-in Centre with the help of volunteers. On average 50+ homeless and vulnerable people attend each session. As well as a warm and friendly welcome they can get breakfast, a high-quality hot lunch, internet access, and help with moving on.

Why did we choose them? Last Christmas, Leanne from our sales team began to collect donations for FiA last year and told us all about the charity. We all joined in, collecting lots of food and clothing for Faith in Action and so when the opportunity arose to help them again, we jumped to it.

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Deen City Farm, Wimbledon, London

Deen City Farm is an urban farm with an educational focus in the heart of the London Borough of Merton. They teach the local community about the rural environment and where their food comes from. They have an active volunteering programme as well as a riding school offering affordable lessons to the local community.

Why did we choose them? Sarah, our Office Manager loves Deen City Farm and thinks that it offers an amazing environment for city children and adults to visit and experience. We love the little piece of countryside that they bring to London.

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Willows Hedgehog Rescue, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Willows is a busy self-funded, not for profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of our native European Hedgehog. They also deliver education and awareness talks to schools, groups and for organisations such as the Wildlife Trust group and the RSPB. 

Why did we choose them? As nominated by Sarah in our marketing team, our native hedgehog is seeing massive declines in numbers and it is estimated that we could lose it as a species in the next twenty or so years. Willows is staffed by a team of volunteers so every penny of funding is vital and put to amazing use.

In 2015, Viking staff raised £370.97 for the Willows Hedgehog Rescue.

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Octavia Foundation, Kensal, London

The Octavia Foundation connects people affected by unemployment, ill health, social isolation or low incomes in central and west London with opportunities for positive personal change. Their vision is to build stronger, happier and healthier communities to help create an enriched life for our local community.

Why did we choose them? Adam, one of our Sales Consultants, volunteers for the Octavia Foundation and brought the charity to our attention. We love the work that they do in our local area and how they transform lives.

In 2015, Viking staff raised £418.71 for the Octavia Foundation.

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Battersea, London

Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. They are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.

Why did we choose them? Wendy, our MD is a huge dog lover and the only choice for her was Battersea! As an office of pet lovers and with Battersea being close to our hearts, we wanted to turn our support to helping some of our furry friends.

In 2015, Viking staff raised £409.70 for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

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