We don't have a charity of the year. Our employees choose the charities we support in each location mainly their own local charities, including local hospices. There are a number of national charities we support such as Alzheimer's Research UK, Royal Voluntary Service, Hospice UK, Stroke Association, Place2Be and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme. Employees in our Hove, Cardiff and Birmingham locations have also volunteered their time for specially set up call centre donations appeals. Many of our other businesses have local initiatives to support their own communities:
Our Employees supporting their communities
We encourage our employees to support charities personal to them through our sponsorship and time matching programme and give as you earn scheme.
Time matching gives our employees the opportunity to turn their volunteering time in the community into money for their charity or community groups. We believe this gives more of our employees the chance to support their local charities, sports clubs and community group who may not have the opportunity to fundraise. Without this group of volunteers we would see less community action.
Our sponsorship matching and give as you earn schemes continue to engage over 35% of our employees. For more details see our latest Community Data .