corporate social responsibility

Having worked with a wide variety of charitable organisations over the years, Champions Speakers is proud to have been able to give back to those who need it most. Corporate social responsibility plays an important role in our day-to-day business activities, and as a result, we continue to raise funds for charities across the United Kingdom. To date, we have raised over £2.8 million for charities of all shapes and sizes.

Rainbows – a children’s hospice based in the East Midlands – is a charity that is close to our hearts. As the only hospice of its kind in the region, Rainbows provides crucial support for children and young people suffering from life-threatening conditions. With only a fraction of their funding coming from government sources, the hospice is heavily reliant on support from patrons and donors.

To date, Champions Speakers has raised in excess of £1.5 million in aid of their cause. Working with a wide array of notable speakers as part of our business, several of our speakers have become Rainbows patrons. Helping to further raise the hospice’s public profile, many of our speakers appear regularly at charity events held in support of Rainbows’ work.

The annual Rainbows Charity Ball, which functions as our biggest charity fundraising event, has also helped to raise valuable funds in aid of Rainbows‘ work. A highlight of the charity event calendar, the event sees an array of high-profile celebrities come together for an evening of silent bidding and exciting live entertainment. With the event’s proceeds going directly to Rainbows, the Rainbows Charity Ball greatly benefits the incredible work the charity is engaged in.

Apart from supporting Rainbows, Champions Speakers has also raised more than £1.2 million for numerous other organisations. Some of the organisations we’ve been able to support over the years include Brainwave, Cure Leukaemia, The Lord’s Taverners, Giving Africa, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street and the PCA Benevolent Fund. Last but not least, we’ve also been able to donate much-needed equipment to the local Costock Primary School, as well as offering apprenticeships and work experience placements to young people.

Our charity work has seen many of our speakers feature as part of charity events. Top speakers such as Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard MBE have taken part in events such as The Authors XI vs. The Lord’s Taverners XI, which saw two star-studded teams face off for a game of cricket in aid of sports charity The Lord’s Taverners.

“Champions have been the largest, and longest standing, supporters of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People for well over a decade. In this time, they have raised more than £1.5m to fund our work and in the process putting on countless events, securing hundreds of media and press articles to promote the hospice and introducing us to many more supporters.

“Champions are a family business, in every sense possible. Founded by dad and CEO John, the Hayes family are the most talented and hard working group of people you could hope to meet.  Their ethos of doing business the right way can go some way to explain why they’ve dedicated themselves to raising money for Rainbows. However, it’s the thought of supporting other families, families who are faced with the unbelievable prospect of losing a child to a terminal illness that spurs them on.

John himself has suffered the pain of losing his sister Jane to a life-limiting illness and he experienced the strain this put on his parents and their relationship with him and others in the family. By supporting Rainbows, John knows that he is directly helping other families faced with a similar situation will get the care they need, when they need it.

“Each year, Champions create a programme of high profile events that are either in aid of Rainbows or that include some fundraising elements on behalf of the charity. In recent years these have included an annual gala ball at the Dorchester, cricket and rugby dinners, countless awards evenings and numerous golf events.  In 2017, Champions surpassed their previous fundraising targets and raised over £230,000 in a single calendar year.

“I have worked for charities for over 18 years and in that time I’ve managed some of the biggest partnerships – including the Tesco Charity of the Year, Morrisons and Microsoft to name a few. However, none of these bigger organisations are able to touch Champions in terms of the commitment the entire business makes to raising money in support of Rainbows or the other charities that benefit from their help.

I’m sure it’s a cliché to say Champions by name, champions by nature – but this really is the case for the Hayes family, their colleagues, friends and associates.”

Andrew Ball, Director of Supporter Relations