Press release

Saga employees raise more than £40,000 for charity

Friday 1 November 2013

• Saga employees baked cakes, cycled across Kent and took part in the Big Quiz
• Money raised will go to The Saga Charitable Trust and The Saga Respite for Carers Trust
Every year Saga employees come up with quirky new ways to empty their pockets for charity, and this year was no exception, as more than 3,000 employees raised more than £40,000 for The Saga Charitable Trust and The Saga Respite for Carers Trust.

The money raised by Saga employees in Folkestone, Thanet and Hastings will help the Saga Charitable Trust to continue supporting projects in developing countries such as; supplying mosquito nets in Zambia and constructing dams in Kenya. It also enables The Saga Respite for Carers Trust to provide unpaid family carers with much needed respite breaks.

This year, employees took over the pavilion in Sandgate with a village fete, where people could stock up on fresh fruit and veg, treat themselves to a cake and even win prizes by hooking a duck or knocking the coconut off the shy.

As well as the usual ‘Big Quiz’ – which never fails to entertain and educate- Saga also turned one site into a golf course, as employees attempted to pitch their way to being crowned Saga’s Tiger Woods.

Some wannabe Bradley Wiggins even teamed up to tackle the Mega Cycle Challenge, where employees pedalled from Folkestone to Thanet  and back one day,  then hopped back on their bikes to visit Saga staff in Hastings just a couple of days later.

Paul Green, director of communications at Saga, commented: “Saga employees’ generosity never ceases to inspire. Each year, everyone has lots of fun coming up with new ways to raise money for charity. This year, we saw our green fingered staff sell the fruits of their labour, our budding bakers compete in a ‘The Great Saga Bake Off’ and employees transform the Saga pavilion into Folkestone’s equivalent of the Taj Mahal for a curry night.”



Notes to Editors
•    Pictures of fundraising events are available on request

About Saga Charitable Trust
The Trust’s mission is to benefit underprivileged communities in developing countries visited by Saga holidaymakers. The Trust supports projects such as:
•    Mukuni Village, Zambia
Over the past 2 fundraising fortnight’s some of the funds raised for the SCT have been used to build 2 school shelters which accommodate children from Monday to Friday who were previously walking up to 10 miles a day to get to school.  Due to the demand for places at the shelters, the Trust has recently agreed to fund extensions to them and provide bunk beds which will increase the number of places available.
•    Organisation for the Support & Education of Disadvantaged Children (OSEDC), Vietnam
This centre on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City is home to 43 children, the majority of which are blind and or physically disabled.  The centre has a dedicated team who encourage children to be independent and there is a strong focus on teaching music. They have a great band which performs regularly to visiting Saga guests.  As well as making beautiful music, their performances really help to build confidence and improve self-esteem.  The SCT has previously funded stage repairs and computers and more recently agreed to fund repairs to the girls bedrooms, living room, kitchen and toilet which were in a bad state of repair and suffered leaks during the monsoon season.
•    Kalela School, Kenya
Kalela Primary School provides education for over 750 children, many of whose families were displaced when the Tsavo National Park was created. The school has a new kitchen and dining area which has been funded by the SCT and more recently the Trust has funded dining furniture.

About Saga Respite for Carers Trust
The Trust provides hundreds of unpaid carers all over the UK with a well-deserved holiday. During this time their loved ones back home will be given the very best care. The money raised this fundraising fortnight will be used to cover the cost of respite care and provide carers with some spending money for their breaks.