Coastal staff’s open mic and golfing success
Staff from a Swansea housing association have fundraised thousands of pounds for a variety of worthy causes. Vicki Leclerc and Gary Morgan, both employees at Coastal Housing Group, organised two charity events and raised over £2,300.
Ukelele playing for Mind Cymru and Shelter Cymru
Self-taught ukulele player and staff member, Vicki, 29 from Neath, used her love of music to organise an open mic night at Swansea’s Hyst bar, raising money for Mind Cymru and Shelter Cymru. With no previous experience organising events, Vicki not only marketed and managed the open mic night herself but also overcame her fear of performing on stage to an audience with her ukulele for the first time.
Part of the housing services team at Coastal, Vicki said:
I know that homelessness is a major issue, especially in Swansea, and the number of people who suffer from mental health problems is increasing too. I believe that these two issues go hand in hand, as one can often be triggered by the other, so I wanted to do what I could for the two charities. Considering it was my first event, it exceeded all my expectations and I was so happy with the amount we raised. I’ll definitely be organising more fundraising events in the future to raise money for other causes close to my heart.”
Teeing off at Pontardawe
Elsewhere at Coastal, asset manager Gary from Burry Port brought together staff colleagues, suppliers, contractors and friends of the housing association at an annual charity golf tournament, which raised a record total this year. The 46-year old, who has been organising the golf day for the last four years, coordinated fourteen teams who took to the course in Pontardawe all in the name of fundraising.
Coastal will now decide as an organisation how the money should be distributed, deciding between local causes, charities or even providing funds to tenants in need.
It can feel like a lot of hard work organising an event of this scale but it’s so rewarding when the final total is counted, especially when it’s a record fundraising amount. We know this money will be put to great use and support those in need.”
Staff stepping out of their comfort zone to help others
Head of HR & Corporate Services at Coastal, Samantha Morgan, said:
Both Vicki and Gary’s fundraising efforts are so admirable. Their attitude towards helping others is something we’re proud to foster at Coastal and we encourage all our staff to step outside their comfort zone and try something new in order to help other people.”
Coastal Housing Group manages over 5500 properties across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, and Carmarthenshire.
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