Each year, Smile Together asks its team members to nominate and choose our corporate charity of the year. As an organisation, we then get behind various fundraising activities from bake sales and coffee mornings to raffles and sponsored events.
In 2015/16, our chosen charity was CLIC Sargent – we raised over £1000 for a cause that supported the family of one of our team members.
In 2016/17 our chosen charity was the Alzheimers Society – we raised £1200 with various events through the year.
From 2017-2019 our chosen charity of the year was Cornwall Air Ambulance. Like us, this is a critical local service so it was a pleasure to fundraise for their successful New Heli Appeal. Over the two years our fabulous team raised £3325 towards the charity’s £2.5m target.
Our 2020 – 2021 charity of the year ‘and a bit’ (with Covid-19 delaying our fundraising activities) was Penhaligon’s Friends, a Cornish charity which supports bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county and provides training and advice for childcare professionals. Despite the pandemic we raised £1,400, enough to fund a family fun day for some of the bereaved families they support.
We also support and encourage individual team members to support our Brighter Smiles campaign and community outreach activities such as Smiles at Sea and our oral health donations project, including through volunteering, to bring more smiles to more communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.