Sharon WestAt Lexelle, we take our corporate social responsibility seriously and we were proud to support a number of charities in 2015.

From scaling three mountains in one day and growing some questionable facial hair to arranging a Sheffield charity’s Christmas party, we feel it is important to do our bit for good causes.

One of the highlights of the year was our support for BIBA Yorkshire and Northern Region’s ‘Walk Around the World’ event to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

To support the event, we baked up some cakes for office colleagues and then walked a mile in fancy dress for every £1 raised in cake sales.

A total of £526.90 was raised for the YAA which provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire.

Lexelle’s Sharon West and Steve Gaynor also took part in a special golf tournament in September which raised more than £10,000 for a children’s charity.

The pair swapped their office chairs for golf buggies to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Wish – a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

One of our more intrepid charitable feats came over the summer when Sharon scaled three mountain tops in just one day.

She joined one of three teams from Castelan to complete the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge to fundraise for St David’s Hospice Care on 27th June.

Despite being a novice mountain climber, Sharon successfully scaled the three peaks within the allocated time helping the team raise more than £1,000 towards their fundraising goal for St David’s Hospice Care.

Claims manager Dennis Langley grew a moustache to raise money for the Movember Foundation in November.

The Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during the month, to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs.

The year was rounded off in style when we were able to fund a Christmas party for the Sheffield Young Carers charity.

Instead of sending Christmas cards to clients, the team decided to pay for a roller disco the charity which supports children who provide unpaid care to sick and disabled relatives.

Staff also contributed by donating presents to youngsters to ensure they had at least one gift to open on Christmas morning.

We’ll be looking to support several more local and regional charities in 2016 and hope we can raise much money this year as in 2015.