Charities and Volunteering

We believe in making a positive and lasting impact to people and the communities in which we live, work and serve and team up with organisations that share our goals, especially those that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This helps us prioritise new projects and initiatives and understand the impact we're making.

Annually, we aim to contribute 0.25% of profit before tax in charitable donations. In FY2022/23, we donated £340,000 to a total of 52 charities.


Fundraising Highlights

Some of our recent charity highlights include:

  • Donated £32,000 to fund a Macmillan Support Worker at Charing Cross Hospital in London.
  • Donated £18,000 last year to 12 charities across the UK, supporting local initiatives nominated by our colleagues.
  • A company-wide fundraising event - Miles for MND in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association raised over £60,000.
  • Over £10,000 raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital by customers and colleagues.
  • Responding to the Turkey-Syria earthquake and the Pakistan floods disaster with donations of £10,000 to both appeals through the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Key Charity Partners

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Our headline charity partner for 2023/24

The award-winning social innovation charity, Hubbub inspires ways of living that are good for the environment and encourages environmental action. We are working closely with Hubbub to create a bespoke programme of sustainability activities that brings colleagues together and makes a positive, tangible impact on the climate.

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The Wildlife Trusts

With over 2,300 nature reserves across the UK, The Wildlife Trusts serve to protect wildlife and habitats. Through our partnership now in its fourth year, we undertake volunteering activities, ranging  from clearing woodland and planting trees to building paths and restoration works.

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Crisis

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, have been our No Poverty partner since April 2020 who we support through volunteering and donations. Crisis work directly with thousands of homeless people every year, providing vital help so that people can rebuild their lives with the goal of ending homelessness.

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Young Enterprise

We are passionate about developing the talent of tomorrow. Young Enterprise reach over 250,000 young people every year. Through this partnership we are helping young people build important skills including communication, confidence, financial capability, initiative, organisation, problem-solving, teamwork and resilience.

Recently, we expanded our charity partnership programme to allow each of our five ‘Colleague Communities’ to donate £10,000 to a charity of their choice, reflecting the objectives of the community and helping to signpost volunteering opportunities for colleagues.


Volunteering

We encourage all colleagues to take one paid volunteering day a year, to support a cause close to their hearts and can gift their own volunteering day to other colleagues, to allow for greater focus and involvement on specific projects.

For a more detailed report on our recent charitable activities, read our latest ESG Report.

Read our ESG Report