Fundraising target smashed!

When TCi picked Family Compass as their chosen charity for 2023, it felt as if there was a huge mountain to climb…

…And climb a mountain, they did – in more ways than one!

Promising funds to enable Family Compass to deliver much-needed support to children and young families, the team set about planning activities and challenges.

“There have been incredible efforts from our TCi team over the past year to fundraise for this amazing charity! From dress-down Fridays and sporting sweepstakes to our annual Christmas raffle, we’ve made sure that everyone had a chance to get involved and make a difference.”

Explained Megan Barnes, who coordinated the fundraising.

“But it didn’t stop there! Our Board of Directors has taken on some EPIC challenges to raise funds and awareness: Chairman Adrian Sealey and Managing Director Alex Perkis climbed 16,100 ft to the top of Kilimanjaro, while Project Directors Callum Bowden and Chris Pyne tackled a 15km Tough Mudder. Financial Director Alex Slee took the plunge with a 15,000ft skydive, and Construction Director Jim Capron conquered an extreme 36km Swim-Run endurance challenge around the North Devon coastline.”

Other fundraising activities included a team entry into the Croyde Triathlon, a meat raffle, and a bicycle repair workshop. Marketing & Sustainability Manager, Ben Gibbs cycled all the way to Spain and there was even a sweepstake on the date and weight of a staff member’s baby!

The team smashed their original target of £10,000 to reach an incredible £12,498.95!


Construction Director, (and ‘extreme coastal athlete’) Jim Capron remarked;

We’re immensely proud of everyone who got involved to help fundraise for our chosen charity in 2023. Huge thanks to our awesome supply chain partners, clients, industry colleagues, and long-suffering families who dug deep and sponsored our challenges, contributing towards the total amount. Your generosity is making a real impact and will support Family Compass to help children and families to improve their mental health and wellbeing, providing a brighter future for all

Further support has been provided in the way of IT and office equipment, furniture donations and assistance with the refurbishment of the former Barnstaple Town Station building now used as the charity’s headquarters. Staff also enjoyed collecting 70 Easter eggs and 80 Christmas chocolate selection boxes for distribution to children using the service.

Family Compass CEO and co-founder, Keda Johnstone said;

“We have been completely overwhelmed by TCi’s support, with the funds raised enabling us to provide life-changing support to children experiencing challenges with their mental health.

More children than ever before are struggling, but thanks to incredible organisations like TCi we are able to be there for children when they need us, having a positive impact on their lives. Last year we were able to support nearly a hundred local families through our Inhale/Exhale community project, with the funds raised by TCi contributing hugely to this.

Thank you Team TCi, you’re amazing!”

Fundraising coordinator, Megan Barnes, presents a cheque for £12,498.95 to Keda and Lucy from Family Compass

The total amount raised for local charities by TCi over the past three years stands at almost £30,000 and is another example of the ways in which the company is dedicated to delivering sustainable benefit through its operations. You can discover more about TCi’s approach to environmental, community and personal development in the annual Sustainability and CSR statement.

Megan finished by saying;

“The year we have spent supporting Family Compass has been really rewarding. They have been involved from the start, following our fundraising journey and cheering us on! The work they do has never been more important and it is vital that the charity continues to receive the funding it needs to deliver mental health support to young people before they reach crisis point. I would urge anyone looking for a charity to support to consider helping them in any way you can.”

You can find some more information and videos about TCi’s efforts HERE

What’s next?

For 2024, TCi has agreed to sponsor local veteran para-athlete, Jon White in his campaign to compete in the Paris 2024 Paralympic games. Funds will also be raised to support his patronage of the Royal Marines Charity.

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