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Charity Work 2018-03-05T16:08:39+00:00

Giving something back

Every year we pledge to support a new charitable cause. It’s a commitment that’s important to us as a business – and to each member of the Open GI team.

Our 2018 charity partner: Acorns Children’s Hospice

For 2018 our employees have voted to support Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides care for life limited and life threatened children as well as support for their families.

The charity provides care for children from neonatal through to adulthood including ongoing medical support, end of life care and by providing hospices at home.

The charity is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary – a huge milestone – and is challenging its supporters to do at least 1 thing, or all 30, from its ’30 things to do’ list.

So far we have completed a Pyjama Day, a Day’s Holiday Raffle and 4 intrepid runners have signed up to tackle this year’s Alpha Wolf Run, starting in April. If you want to donate, you can via their JustGiving page.

Watch this space!

Acorns Children's Hospice 30 Years Young Logo
Alpha Run Contenders from Open GI
Pyjama Day at Open GI

Our 2017 charity partner: New Hope Worcester

This year our employees chose to support New Hope, a specialist organisation that works with families of children with disabilities and complex health care needs. The organisation runs a school holiday club and Saturday club throughout the year.

New Hope was established by the inspirational Jean Wilson in 2010 who, as a mother of a child with disabilities, was unable to find suitable respite day care. The centre helps to facilitate the development of individual children. Jean continues to work tirelessly with the organisation, providing much-needed care to families and children.

We are delighted to have raised a fantastic £25,885 for New Hope thanks to various fundraising events throughout 2017.

New Hope Worcester
Chris Guillaume presents a cheque for £25,885 to New Hope Worcester.

Our 2016 charity partner: St Richard’s Hospice

In 2016 we partnered with St Richard’s Hospice, an independant charity which provides free care for over 2,600 patients and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illnesses.

We are incredibly proud of our staff who gave up their time volunteering and raising funds for the cause, taking part in rainbow runs, races, skydives, bake sales, raffles, dress-up days and so much more. After a year of fund-raising activities we are thrilled to have been able to present St Richard’s Hospice with a cheque for £31,580.

Take a look below at some of the activities from our year partnering with St Richard’s Hospice.

St. Richard
Open GI presents St Richards Hospice with a cheque for £31,580
Chris Guillaume and Glyn Pink with a painting presented to Open GI from St Richard's Hospice

Our 2015 charity partner: Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign

In 2015 we exceeded our fundraising target, bringing our total donation to £34,200 raised for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign, our corporate charity partner for the year. Our team members took part in many fun and memorable events to raise funds and awareness for the cause including: Worcester 10K, Mud-run, summer fete, Dragon boat racing, cake sales and regular dress down days.

Worcester Breast Unit Campaign
Worcestershire Oncology Centre
Worcestershire Breast Unit campaign boat race
Mud Runner 2015 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign

Our 2014 charity partner: Libby Mae’s Little Angels

We do enjoy supporting local community as well as regional causes and in 2014, we exceeded our forecast target for Libby Mae’s Little Angels, a charity supporting 19 neo-natal units in the Midlands. In total, our staff raised an amazing £19,432.05 through a number of fundraising events including a summer fete, charity car wash, sporting events, cake sales and regular dress down days.

Libby Mae
Summer Fete Day
Summer Fete Day
Summer Fete Day
Open GI & PowerPlace Bike Riders - Sept 2014
Cheque presentation

Our 2013 charity partner: Midlands Air Ambulance

In 2013, we supported the fantastic Midlands Air Ambulance Charity with a variety of activities that also saw employees taking part in the London Marathon, Tour de Midlands cycle ride and the Stratford-upon-Avon Marathon. We were extremely proud that we almost trebled the previous year’s £6k target by donating a total of £17,061.61.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
Tour de Midlands - Open GI staff take part in bike ride
Chris Guillaume with MAA
Chris Guillaume, Group CEO, presents the cheque to Midlands Air Ambulance

Our 2012 charity partner: Acorns Hospice

2012 saw the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust nominated as the charity for that year, and employees took part in The Walk of Worcestershire, a charity sky-dive and the Birmingham half marathon.

Charity Walk for Acorns Hospice July 2012
Chris with Carol Crowe
Cheque Presentation

In addition to supporting Acorn’s throughout 2012, Open GI also sponsored CCV’s IT Director, Richard Norris, in the Kilimanjaro Summit Challenge to raise funds for the Towergate Charitable Foundation. Open GI staff also took part in an insurance industry, five-a-side football tournament, organised by Markerstudy, and helped to raise £30,000 in support of Help for Heroes and Hampton & Richmond Borough FC.

Richard Norris CCV IT Director - sponsored by OGI to hike up Kilimanjaro 2012
Kilimanjaro 2012
Help for Heroes - industry football match 2012