Nisa colleagues give boost to local hospice

A hospice in Scunthorpe has benefited to the tune of £15,000 thanks to a workplace initiative that has seen Nisa Retail colleagues get active in a bid to raise funds for good causes.

The Nisa Miles challenge launched in January to encourage staff to consider their physical and mental wellbeing and, to up the stakes for participants, Nisa’s registered charity, Making a Difference Locally, pledged support by matching every mile with £1.

The initiative will continue all year and has already seen £15,000 donated to Alzheimer’s Society at the end of March.

The chosen charity for the second quarter of 2019 was Lindsey Lodge Hospice, which is based in Scunthorpe, the home of Nisa’s head office and a charity which is close to the hearts of many colleagues.

In the spirit of keeping active whilst raising money for good causes, a number of Nisa colleagues took part in the Lindsey Lodge Glow Walk in June as well as the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, to clock up the all-important mileage that translated into cash.

During the second quarter of the year, colleagues walked, ran and cycled a cumulative total of 15,500 miles which was today handed over to representatives of Lindsey Lodge in a special ceremony that also recognised participants by the presentation of medals.

Kate Carroll, head of charity at Nisa, said: “The commitment and dedication that colleagues have shown to Nisa Miles is truly inspirational. We are halfway through the year and the enthusiasm hasn’t waned.

“It is a huge honour that MADL have been able to support colleagues and I’m over the moon that we have again been able to hand over such an incredible donation to a very worthwhile cause.”

Kirsty Walker, Corporate Fundraiser at Lindsey Lodge said: “The Nisa Miles initiative really is fantastic and we are thrilled to have been chosen as the benefactor.

“More than 80 per cent of our running costs are paid for by the local community through sponsorship and charitable donations, so this generous gift from Nisa really is wonderful and we are very grateful to everyone who took part.”