Community and Charity support at Cirencester Friendly


Money raised so far...



As a Friendly Society we like to give back, therefore we support the local community and charitable organisations that are close to our hearts. Every year we chose a charity, which is voted for by our staff members. The chosen charity for 2017 is Cancer Research UK.  We will also be supporting Comic Relief on 24 March 2017.

Throughout the year staff will be taking part in fun and challenging fundraising activities. Check out below to see what we have been up to so far…

Fundraising Activities 2017

Comic Relief

The Society started its charity activities for 2017 by supporting Comic Relief on Friday 24 March 2017.

Staff were decked out in red attire and tucked into tasty red themed cakes. There was also ‘guess the number of sweeties in the jar’ competition and a raffle. The day raised a brilliant £163.38.

Fundraising Activities 2016 - Rethink Mental Illness

8K Devil Mud Run

Marketing Assistant Farhana has led the way by taking part in the 8K Devil Mud Run in Cheltenham. She raised a brilliant £320 and has found a new love for sliding down mud!
The Society matched the amount raised, bringing the final amount to £640.

Bake Sale

Just like anybody else we love our sweet treats here at Cirencester Friendly. Therefore traditionally we have one, two or even three bake sales across the year. Luckily for us we have many budding bakers who always cook up some wonderful treats for our taste buds.
The first bake sale, which took place on 31 March 2016 raised £39.22.

Charity Day

We hold numerous charity days at the Society throughout the year. The first one was held on 31 March 2016, alongside the bake sale. We had various activities on the day including a raffle and book sale. Chris Hough from Rethink, also came to visit and talked to us about some of the great work they do. The total raised was £168.62.
The Society matched the amount raised, bringing the final amount to £337.24.

Pretty Muddy 5k Race

Accounts Administrator Penny successfully completed the 5k Pretty Muddy Race. She dedicated her run to all those who have lived with a mental illness or known someone who has. She raised an excellent £220. Well done Penny!
The Society matched the amount raised, bringing the final amount to £440.

The Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

Our Chief Executive Paul Hudson is a keen cyclist, so what better way to raise money than doing something he loves. Those extra spinning classes did not go to waste, as Paul successfully completed the 100 mile race and raised a brilliant £919.25.
The Society matched the amount raised, bringing the final amount to £1,838.50.

The Cirencester Friendly to Rethink Cycle Challenge

On 12 August 2016, we held our second charity day of the year, which was a fun filled day for all at the Society. The main activity on the day was 'The Cirencester Friendly to Rethink Cycle Challenge' in which the staff took turns on a bike outside the office, aiming to cycle the distance from our office to Rethink's head office in London, which is further than 80 miles! We beat our target distance and cycled 120 miles! With help from our cycling experts Ride 24/7!

In addition we had other activities taking place inside the Society, including a bake sale, book sale, silent auction and a raffle. The Society and the very generous people of Cirencester raised a brilliant £1,128.97!

The Society matched the amount raised, bringing the final amount to £2,257.94.

Festive charity week

Our final charity event for Rethink, was dedicated to the Christmas festive season. We held a week-long of fun activities including: a Christmas quiz, festive bake off, Christmas jumper competition, decorate your desk competition and a raffle. We finished the week off with our favourite activity by far, Santa’s Grotto. This included our HR and Executive team, including our Chief Executive Paul Hudson as Santa!

The total raised from the week was £490.60. The amount was matched by the Society, taking the total raised to a fantastic £981.20. We had such a fun week taking part in the various activities and we were all very pleased with the amount raised.

The final total raised by the Society for Rethink was a brilliant £6,494.88!  We have really enjoyed getting involved and raising money for such a worthy cause.

Supporting the community

Being a local business to Cirencester for over 125 years we are proud to give back to the community by supporting the local bike Team Ride 24/7. The team includes local amateur to advanced riders, who regularly compete in local and national races, such as the Cotswold League and the Prudential Ride London. We support Ride 24/7 with the aim of helping them build upon on their success to and benefit the wider community.

More information on Ride 24/7 can be found at