We are proud of how passionate our employees are about their local communities. And we recognise that doing well as a company means doing good in the world. We don’t just want to do it for us. We want to make sure we have a positive impact in our communities too.
So, each and every year, we fundraise for employee-chosen local charities. We donate to vital foodbanks and our employees are enabled to volunteer their help and support to the charities that sit so close to their hearts.
Acorns Children’s Hospice is the charity partner for our Worcester office.
Established over thirty years ago in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.
Willen Hospice is the charity partner for our Milton Keynes office.
For the past 40 years, Willen Hospice has provided free end-of-life care and support for thousands of patients and their families. It has become a major part of the fabric of Milton Keynes, providing care to local people both at the Hospice and in their own homes.
Naomi House and Jacksplace (part of the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust) are the Winchester office’s charity partners.
The two hospices provide expert care to more than 525 life limited and life threatened children, young adults, and their extended families. As well as providing vital respite support and helping families through difficult times, the hospices care for those with some of the most complex of medical needs.
For 2019, we are supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance and Hampshire And Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charities through our Worcester, and Winchester and Milton Keynes offices respectively.
Midlands Air Ambulance
Since 1991, the charity has responded to more than 50,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90% of the region is reached within eight minutes.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced Critical Care Team to sick and injured people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents.
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We are proud to have donated: £22,606
2018 saw Acorns Children’s Hospice chosen as our new charity partner.
Established over thirty years ago in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. The children and young people using Acorns’ services require specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in the last year Acorns has supported 865 children and 1,088 families, including those who are bereaved.
Over the course of 2018, employees at Open GI took part in the Worcester 10k and half marathon, the Birmingham half marathon, three overseas marathons, the Alfa Wolf Run and a London to Paris cycle ride. Various themed events such as Halloween and Christmas Jumper dress up days, bake sales, raffles and quiz nights were also organised to raise the staggering amount of £27,582.
Read our press release to find out the full details: Open GI raises thousands for charity
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We are proud to have donated: £27,582
In 2017, our employees voted to support New Hope, a specialist organisation that works with families of children with disabilities and complex healthcare 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 and she continues to work tirelessly with the organisation, providing much-needed care to families and children.
Read our press release – Proud to have raised over £25k for local children’s charity.
We are proud to have donated: £25,885
In 2016 we partnered with St. Richard’s Hospice, an independent 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.
Read our press release – Local leading software company delivers huge boost to St. Richard’s Hospice.
We are proud to have donated: £31,580
In 2015 we exceeded our fundraising target 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.
Read our press release – Local technology company provides huge donation to Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign
We are proud to have donated: £34,200
We do enjoy supporting the 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. A number of fundraising events were held throughout the year including a summer fete, charity car washes, sporting events, cake sales and regular dress down days.
Read our press release – Open GI smashes charity target for Libby Mae’s Little Angels
We are proud to have donated: £19,432
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.
We are proud to have donated: £17,061
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.
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.
We are proud to have donated: £14,992