We contribute to registered charities relating to financial services or serving the local communities in which we operate. In 2016 we made contributions of £1,443,000 (2015: £1,045,000) to the work of the Foundation for Credit Counselling which operates the StepChange Debt Charity. We also contributed to charities throughout the year by way of single donations.
Other charitable contributions made in the year totalled £32,000 (2015: £19,000). Our main objective is to support children’s and local charities, although no charity request is overlooked. During the last year we have helped many and varied charities and causes such as: Age UK Solihull, Rotary Club St Alphege, Children with Cancer, NSPCC Birmingham, Ward 19 – Heartlands Hospital, the Lily Mae Foundation, County Air Ambulance Birmingham, Macmillan, Well Child, Brainwave and Kids in Action.
Employees have been making a difference to the local community in many ways. This year they have:
- Delivered workshops in local schools and colleges focussing on financial awareness and employability skills
- Donated over 100 shoeboxes for local Samaritan project ‘Operation Christmas purse’; and
- Made regular contributions to local food banks
Paragon’s Charity Committee, consisting of volunteer employees, organises a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year. In the calendar year 2015, £12,348 was raised for Help Harry Help Others, while in the first nine months of 2016 £10,462 has been raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society. All employees are given the opportunity to nominate a charity each year and a vote is carried out to select the charity or charities to benefit from the following year’s fundraising.
For further information, view our latest Report and Accounts.