Some call it Corporate Social Responsibility, we like to call it being good neighbours.
We work with primary schools and so it seemed only fitting so we choose to focus on contributing to children in our Oxfordshire community. Recent ways we have contributed include:
Readathon is a literacy focussed party in the park held every year at Milton Manor near Abingdon. Each year 3000 families get to meet authors and book characters in a fun interactive and stimulating environment.
We provide children’s books and host a book tombola, inviting members of our office team to spend an hour on the stall if they choose. It’s says a lot about our team when everyone voluntarily turns up early on a Saturday, organises an impromptu “family” picnic and spend the day meeting and talking to young children.
This year Readathon changes it’s name to Story Fest and Family Fun Day and we look forward to seeing you there.
Play2Give is a Didcot-based Oxfordshire fundraising organisation founded in 2007 by Andrew Baker.
Andrew was born with a brain injury and after many years of treatment, at the age of 14, he began his mission to thank the medics who saved his life by fundraising to donate money to help ill children at Oxford Children’s Hospital and victims of brain injuries at Headway Oxfordshire.
Over 10 years later he continues to raise money for these fantastic causes and in recognition for his work, he was invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s garden party earlier this year and received a British Citizen Award in July 2017 at the Palace of Westminster.
Each year we hope to find new ways to help children and families across Oxfordshire during the Christmas period. Projects having a direct positive impact on children in our area where we can make a big difference are always of interest and we are delighted to be able, with our teachers help, to support Play2Give.
Sport is an important part of a child’s education and Learning outside of the classroom is we believe extremely important in the development of young people. So this year we began to sponsor Oxford ice hockey teams, The Oxford City Stars and the U11 and U9 Junior Stars teams.
With 300,000 people visiting Oxpens ice rink each year this was an opportunity to encourage children to be active and try new experiences or even a new sport.
The Oxford City Stars are very interested in community and youth development so with our connections in primary schools we are a natural fit and we are more than happy to make introductions.
Attending sports can be pricey so we recently surprised Oxfordshire children by funding free tickets to an Ice Hockey match for all Under 16s. The response was fantastic and we hope to do something similar again very soon.