Panathlon is delighted to announce a new partnership with specialist recruitment agency Investigo that could help raise up to £100,000 to benefit young people with disabilities and special needs.

Investigo is running a campaign, ‘The Big Investigo Give’, which gives every individual within their organisation a fundraising target, as well as time off to take part in charity work and other volunteering opportunities. The company is aiming to raise £100,000 for charity over the course of 2019, with a substantial amount going towards Panathlon, their chosen ‘Charity of the Year’.

The target is set to be achieved through an array of fundraising events and opportunities, such as quizzes, music gigs and international cycle ride challenges, which will all help Panathlon expand their reach and will mean more disabled young people benefit from their range of sporting activities.

Investigo CEO Nick Baxter and colleagues attended a Panathlon event at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to see the charity in action for the first time.

Investigo staff receive training in the sport of Boccia before the competition began.

Staff were trained in various Panathlon sports and were able to meet the competitors and enjoy the sporting competition. Another group of Investigo staff will also be trained and officiate at another Panathlon event in the coming weeks.

Nick Baxter said, “Thank you to you and the team at Panathlon for letting us be part of such a special day.

Although our partnership with Panathlon has only just begun, it’s clear to see that Panathlon provide an invaluable service and have a genuine passion for what they do.

The children who took part in the various sports clearly loved the day and their commitment could only be matched by their coaches and teachers. Our team at Investigo felt privileged that we could help and look forward to volunteering at the next Panathlon event.”

Investigo, who are based in London but have offices across the country, believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes for the most effective workforce and is essential to reflect the society in which they do business.

Lisa Holberton, Head of Marketing for Investigo (pictured left with Panathlon CEO Ashley Iceton and our Paralympic Ambassador, Liz Johnson) said: “Investigo are proud to be supporting The Panathlon Foundation as our charity partner for 2019. Each year we look for a small charity that we can build a special bond with and really make a difference to.

“We saw something really special in Panathlon and loved the positive message that with a few small adjustments, everyone can be included. The charity works tirelessly to bring sporting opportunities to children all over the country and we are excited to see how the money we raise helps to extend their reach even further.”

Johnson, Panathlon Ambassador and Paralympic gold medallist, added: “This is wonderful news! Investigo really are proactive in championing an inclusive workforce and community.

“Their support for Panathlon this year will prove to be the perfect partnership as it will enable many more young people with disabilities and additional needs to experience and enjoy the immense benefits of competitive sport which they are so often otherwise denied, whilst providing the Investigo workforce with an opportunity to interact and widen their experiences within this field.”

Investigo have already started their fundraising activities and you can keep track of their fundraising here: