ADP Rough It so Young People Don't Have to!

Monday 17th October 2016

Rought It Event raises £3500 for Step by Step!

ADP are a global payroll company with their UK head office based in Chertsey. Their Community Matters Team has been working with Step by Step since 2015 and, on Friday night, they slept on the street in their first fundraising event.

ADP deliver community support through their Community Matters Team who have previously given Step by Step collected items, Christmas gifts, and volunteer support. The Rough It event on Friday night was their first fundraising activity for the charity.

Dee, our Coporate Partnerships Manager, has been working with Ali, Sam and the team at ADP and has really enjoyed supporting them with this event. She said, "The Community Matters team are passionate about our work, and about supporting us through collecting goods, donating Christmas gifts, and through volunteering. They were enthusiastic about putting on an event, but really wanted to maximise the fundraising opportunity and I am delighted with what they have achieved."

We sent Tony, one of our Board of Trustees, to judge the shelter building and give a short talk about Step by Step. This went down really well with all of the participants as Ali (Robertson-Fox, Chair and Funding Manager - UK Community Matters) highlights, "We have been bowled over by the support the ADP Rough It event has generated and how this has raised awareness of the work that Step by Step do. We really appreciated Tony (Murphy,Trustee at Step by Step) coming along to our event for everyone to hear about the great work Step by Step do, and to gain some understanding of the issues the young people face. It was very humbling and also makes you appreciate what you can often take for granted - like a roof and a warm bed!"

The ADP UK Rough It event has raised a total to-date of over £3000 with a further £555 raised through Gift Aid. The total is still climbing as additional funds roll in. This could pay for three young people to access up to three support or personal development sessions each week for a six month period with Step by Step. That's at least three young people supported for six months - through one event!

If you'd like to put on your own Rough It event at work, please contact Dee on 01252 346107 or email

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