14 Dec Ricoh Ireland helps LauraLynn to get into the Christmas spirit
Darren Murphy, Business Development Manager, Ricoh Ireland
Last week, I and a group of nine other Ricoh Ireland colleagues donned our loudest Christmas jumpers and, rather than going to the office, headed instead to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s
Hospice. Our mission? To inject some festive cheer and help the charity to decorate for Christmas!
Along with volunteers from SMBC Aviation Capital and DCC plc, we worked together with the staff and children at LauraLynn to decorate the units and community areas for the festive season, adding to the beautiful window decorations that were completed the previous day.
On arriving at the hospice each company was assigned a number of rooms and areas to decorate. Activities included painting windows, hanging bulbs, setting up garlands, putting up wreaths, standing up Christmas trees, and hanging up stockings and Christmas lights.
The children were only too happy to help the volunteers, who they referred to as “the Christmas guys,” to decorate, and provided expert advice on where garlands, wreaths and lights should be located. By the end of the day, the children, the staff and volunteers and indeed the hospice itself were all twinkling with Christmas cheer!
All of the volunteers showed great creativity on the day, with one even going so far as to paint Olaf, the snowman from Disney family-favourite, Frozen. Naturally, this went down a treat with the kids. It was clear that the volunteer work put everything in perspective for everyone on board that day, and the whole team put in a huge effort to make sure that everything looked nice and festive for the children and their families.
For me, the day really highlighted the importance of volunteering for a good cause. At Ricoh Ireland, all employees are given two paid volunteering days per year that they can use for any activity that they feel passionate about. Volunteer initiatives can really benefit office culture, helping to generate positivity and a real sense of teamwork. Although we’re already a close bunch, I feel that this brought us even closer together. As well as this, getting dressed up and working together to give back really put everyone in the Christmas spirit!
LauraLynn is a great charity that does wonderful work for children with life-limiting conditions and young adults with disabilities. The hospice takes a holistic approach to care, supporting whole families and allowing parents to fill their roles of ‘Mum and Dad’ rather than full-time carers. Those interested in helping can find out more on the charity’s How to Help page.
See more photos from our day.