Charity and Community

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, we sponsor local sports teams, take part in community events and national events such as Race for Life and various marathons, such as the London Marathon. Our employees are also enabled to volunteer their help and support to these charities in special away days.

Who are we supporting for 2024?

UK – Alzheimer’s Society
Established in 1979, Alzheimer’s Society is dedicated to supporting those affected by dementia. They actively advocate for policy and legal changes to improve rights and enhance quality of life. Through investments in vital projects and research, the organisation assists individuals and families impacted by dementia. Their work spans from developing innovative treatments to exploring preventive drug options and studying vascular dementia.

Krakow – The Krakow Food Bank
Established in 1997, the Krakow Food Bank is a longstanding charitable institution focused on logistics. They secure free food from supermarkets and producers, distributing it to food-insecure sectors in their region. In response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, they’ve expanded operations to support Ukrainian citizens in Lesser Poland, supplying vital food, hygiene, and pet care products.

Macedonia – ljubeznost
ljubeznost provides continuous education, assistance, and support to homeless and socially endangered individuals. Their vision is a society without poverty where there is acceptance, inclusion, and equal opportunities for homeless and socially vulnerable people.

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2023 Charities

Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter/Winchester Hospice

Throughout 2023, we proudly supported two incredible charities, Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter and Winchester Hospice. Our staff’s dedication was outstanding—volunteering and fundraising through engaging events like Quiz nights and raffles. We are proud to have donated just over £19,000 (combined).

St Richard’s/Willen/Simon Says

Throughout 2022, we supported St Richard’s Hospice (Worcester), Willen Hospice (Milton Keynes) and Simon Says (Winchester). We are proud to have donated: £14,350.65 (combined).

Acorns/Willen/Naomi House & Jacksplace

Acorns Children’s Hospice was our Worcester charity partner; Willen Hospice for Milton Keynes; and Naomi House and Jacksplace (part of the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust) for Winchester. We supported these charities for two years due to the pandemic, with a range of activities such as the Tour de Open GI. We are proud to have donated: £17,476 (combined).
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Midlands and HOIW Air Ambulances

For 2019, we supported the tremendous Midlands Air Ambulance and Hampshire And Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charities through our Worcester, and Winchester and Milton Keynes offices respectively. We are proud to have donated: £22,606.
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Acorns Children’s Hospice

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. We are proud to have donated: £27,582.
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New Hope

This year saw us 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, providing much-needed care to families and children. We are proud to have donated: £25,885.
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St. Richard’s Hospice

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 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 more. We are proud to have donated: £31,580.

Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign

We exceeded our fundraising target for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign, a local breast cancer charity. 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. We are proud to have donated: £34,200.
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Libby Mae’s Little Angels

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. We are proud to have donated: £19,432.
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Midlands Air Ambulance

This year we supported the fantastic Midlands Air Ambulance Charity with a variety of activities that 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.
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Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

Employees took part in The Walk of Worcestershire, a charity sky-dive and the Birmingham half marathon. In addition, 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.

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