Our Charity of the Year


I'm Liz Harris of Trewin Design Architects, and I am the Network's Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Liz Harris


Welcome to our Charity of the Year page.  The idea of having a Charity of the Year was brought about by Members during one of the PA Network's recent events.  It originally started out as some of us maybe taking on a fun run to raise some much needed funds for a local project.  By the end of the evening, the idea had evolved into the Network having a Charity of the Year so, throughout the year, at our meetings and workplaces, we could all participate and do our bit to help!


Having a Charity of the Year will not only benefit the Charity in terms of our fundraising efforts, but our support will hopefully raise awareness of the good work our local charities do, and will also raise awareness of the PA Network within the community.


This year, our chosen charity will be BEEP (Business Empowering Employment Programme), for whom our Founder, Kim, is an Ambassador.


BEEP is a positive life changing experience for young people struggling to step on to the work ladder, with ongoing support from trained mentors as the young people transition to work.  The programme includes a comprehensive two-week course focusing on building each young person's confidence, self-esteem and motivation, along with developing their skills and their own action plan, helping them to find and secure new opportunities in life.  BEEP has changed the life chances of 93% of participants for the better. 

Our target is to raise £7,500 over the course of the next 12 months to fully fund a programme for 12 young people.  This might seem like a lot, but if those of us who regularly attend the Networking events could each raise £100 over 12 months, we will smash this target.  Like BEEP, we believe every individual matters. 

How can we participate?

It doesn't matter if you are not an athlete or a daredevil, there are hundreds of activities or ways to raise money; from simple raffle sales, cake sales, dress down days, walks - and for the more adventurous, runs or sky dives!

Confident woman flies through jungle on zipline canopy tour. Roatan, Honduras

One of the simplest forms of fundraising is by joining one of the many giving websites.  If you shop (and, come on, let's face it, we women are good at this!) you can register through Easy Fundraising.  Each time you shop online via their portal, they make a % donation to our fundraising account.  This can be from any one of over 3000 suppliers, from John Lewis, Amazon to Rail Network, so why not register your company/yourself and, when you purchase your office stationery, travel tickets, or even a new dress, you're raising more money.  Check out the website - it's very easy to do and can be done from the comfort of our own swivel chairs - no training needed!  You can even register your credit and debit cards with the site and raise extra donations when you shop in-store too.  Click here to go to our own website page giving more details of how to use Easyfundraising.


We have set up a Givey page to collect in donations.


If you have any ideas for ways to raise these funds, then please contact me at fundraising@exeterpanetwork.com, and together we can come up with a plan to make this year a successful fundraising year.


Diary of Fundraising events

Here's some things that have already happened, together with events we've got planned.  Let us know about your own plans, and we'll share it with everyone via a regular newsletter and on our website


April 1st - Easyfundraising page goes live.  Sign up and shop away.  No training needed, and all from the comfort of your desk or sofa!  Click here to see our page.


July 14th - Summer draw at Ocean, Exmouth - a great evening, with c£150 raised from draw tickets.


August 18th - a team of bucket collectors attended Exeter City Football Club for their match against Leeds, and raised just over £150.


August 31st - an advanced Twitter workshop with Get Up to Speed and Cosmic, organised by Catherine Moss-Crump of Devon Air Ambulance, raising £114.


September 3rd  - 5km Park Run - a team ran along the sunny banks of the Canal and enjoyed cake and cup of tea after to celebrate their achievements. Money was raised on the day by our team of bucket collectors, together with sponsorship.


September 22nd - Autumn Pamper Evening at Rougemont Hotel - purchase your draw tickets at the next  breakfast meeting, on the night or by contacting me - A spectacular range of prizes to be won.


October 16th - Those wishing to take on a slightly bigger challenge can join me and other brave Network members in the Great West Run.  This is a half marathon around our lovely city of Exeter.  If you are interested in joining us, please sign up with Great West Run and let me know.


October 20th - a Charity Dinner to be held at Deer Park.  See below for invite and more details (click on the image for a downloadable version). We're taking our bosses along to this spectacular event (well they deserve a treat every now and then too) - how about you? We are the Power PAs - so let's get our bosses together for a bit of networking and raising money for a great cause.