From marathons to mountains, from mud to miles, all across the Group individuals and teams have challenged themselves and pushed themselves to the limit, raising money for worthy causes.
- Leading the fundraising this year was Matthew Crummack CEO, who ran the Newport Marathon, with members of the wider team joining him for the 10K section. Those who took part raised £4000 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital.
- We also saw members of the team cycle over 1000 miles between them for the St. David’s Foundation “Tour De Gwent” raising over £2000 to support the fantastic work the charity do in providing palliative care.
- In June, and the hottest day of the year, 38 people from across the group eagerly set off on an adventure of a lifetime – to walk the three highest mountains in Wales in just one day. The team smashed their fundraising target of over £6,500 for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice, thanks to the support of all their friends, family and office fundraising.
- Our final large team event of the year was Tough Mudder and they certainly call it tough mudder for a reason! Together the team battled the obstacles and mud to raise over £1000 for Help for Heroes.
The sense of achievement, motivation and overall team spirit gained from these events demonstrate how we support each other and can all pull together to help others.
#LifeAtGoCompare is about friendship, family and achieving goals together.
Over the year we have supported over 100 charities and community groups, giving £36,000 in donations and sponsorships to worthy causes and groups. Within this we have donated £18,000 through our employee charity nomination scheme - GoCoGiving.
Mental health has been an important focus for us this year. We’ve supported Mental Health Awareness week and days, demonstrating that it’s okay to talk. Having a team of Mental Health First Aiders has helped ensure that we take a proactive approach to mental health issues in the workplace. By supporting mental health charities, we have enabled their great work to continue and for us to be there for our people. The team took part in #HelloYellow to show their solidarity and raise awareness for people suffering with mental health issues.
Whilst Christmas is a magical time of year, we also know that it can be a difficult time for many people. This year we launched the GoCompare Group Christmas Appeal – “Delivering Smiles This Christmas”.
Our Christmas appeal focused on bringing smiles to everyone from the homeless and families with terminally ill children to animal charities in much need of supplies. Items ranging from warm coats and hot water bottles to toys and animal treats were donated across the Group and delivered to centres where these small acts of generosity and kindness could make a real difference. What pulls everyone together is knowing that we are doing something for others.
Raising awareness and championing the issues of underrepresented groups is also something we are passionate about. In December 2018 we joined thousands of businesses, action groups and cause champions for Purple Light Up 2018 to celebrate the economic power of disabled people. Different backgrounds, experiences and mindsets make for a productive, varied and effective workforce – not only is encouraging and supporting diversity the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. Joining the Purple Light Up was our way of showing solidarity with this important cause; one that reflects our company values and champions what people can do, over what they can’t.
From flu jabs to fruit drops, awareness days to exercise classes, our For the Greater Good committee continues to ensure that we are not only a giving company but one that focusses on the health and wellbeing of our people. With many activities across the group, from a vast range of onsite fitness activities, healthy eating initiatives, wellbeing awareness events, diversity and inclusion events, mental health support and much, much more, we ensure that there’s something for everyone. That’s #LifeAtGoCompare