In 2016 we launched our first Enhancing Lives Trainee and Graduate Challenge. The aim of the challenge was to enable employees to contribute to achieving our target of one million lives by 2020. During 2016, employees volunteered, fundraised and developed our education offering, enhancing the lives of 4257 people.
The overall impact of this challenge was significant, with more than 2,542 students engaged during the challenge from 44 schools, colleges and universities and the monies raised went to nine different charities across the UK. The 1,323 hours volunteered by our trainee and graduates meant they were able to support 20 charities and community groups, including the Cheetham Hill Advice Centre (CHAC) in the North West where the volunteers and staff have said their morale and working life has improved as a direct result of the work carried out.