Cintra staff are renowned for their generosity and during the course of 2018 have supported many charities, raising money and providing donations to a host of worthy causes, from St Oswald’s Hospice, the Newcastle Foodbank, Comrades for Children Overseas and Cash for Kids.
Christmas is supposed to be a magical time of year, especially for children, and the philanthropic folks at Cintra really went all out to make sure that it was as festive as possible for those in need.
During December they donated hundreds of advent calendars and selection boxes to the Newcastle Foodbank, collected a n enormous donation of toys for the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal and ended the year with a dip in the North Sea to raise much needed funds for one of its favourite charities, COCO.
COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) is an international children’s charity, based in Newcastle upon Tyne and works with communities in remote regions of the developing world on projects that provide children with access to the education that is essential for a good start in life.
To blow the cobwebs away in the lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Cintra staff reported for duty at Longsands Beach in Tynemouth. Enhancing the glow of the winter sunshine with their trademark bright orange t-shirts they ran head first into the chilly waters of the North Sea, obeying their CEO’s rules that, for the dip to count, heads must be submerged!
Director of Transformation, Lysa Morrison was reluctantly persuaded to take part by her colleagues but actually had a fantastic time: “I’m not a fan of the sea and I totally hate the cold but it turned out to be a surprisingly fun morning. My crazy co-workers convinced me to take part and it is for such a worthy cause I couldn’t say no. I have to be honest, I really wasn’t looking forward to it but their enthusiasm and sense of fun is infectious. The fact that colleagues came from all over the North East, with their families to cheer us on was much appreciated and added to the camaraderie of the event. Donations are still coming in, so it’s a great start to the 2019 fundraising for COCO.”