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Our Charity of the Year

Shaw Gibbs have recently selected two amazing local charities to support over the next two years: Headway Oxfordshire, who support people affected by brain injury, and SpecialEffect, who help physically disabled people gain access to games and technology.

Headway Oxfordshire were voted-in by staff due to the work they have been doing with Shaw Gibbs Junior Accountant Amy Gordon, who was admitted to hospital with an ear infection which spread to her brain. After several near-death experiences, Amy was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery but has been left with the lasting effects of damage to both her brain and ear.

SpecialEffect have a long-standing relationship with Shaw Gibbs, thanks to their ongoing involvement in the Twin Town Challenge. The charity ‘banger car’ rally, which is organised by Oxfordshire businessman Brendon Cross and counts many B4 members amongst its participants, has raised an incredible £800,000+ for SpecialEffect since it was established in 2014. Twin Town 2020 was due to take place this May but has now been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Themed ‘Battle of the Bands’ the event will see 100+ teams driving over to France, including the Shaw Gibbs Directors driving an Elton John ‘Rocket Man’ car! Shaw Gibbs are also sponsoring of the return event at Blenheim as well as the fundraising totals.

Previous Years

Charity of the Year 2019

Oxfordshire mind

Shaw Gibbs raised £4274.51 for Oxfordshire Mind in 2019.

We voted Oxfordshire Mind to support as our Charity of the Year 2019-20 as we recognise that mental health touches the lives of a large proportion of people.

We supported the charity through a number of fund raising initiatives throughout the year. The Oxford Half Marathon played a big part in our fund raising push as we recognise that mental and physical health are inextricably linked. Not only did we have nine people running but the race passes by our building in Summertown. We worked with Leanne at Oxfordshire Mind to form one of the two ‘cheer stations’ for the charity and we were privileged to have Dan Knowles, CEO of Oxfordshire Mind visit the station on his run past.

Working well with a charity is all about the collaboration, we have found Oxfordshire Mind to be very supportive of our ideas and proactive in bringing ideas to the table. They have provided us with supporting collateral, collection tins and T-shirts but crucially have also helped us raise awareness of the charity by presenting at our staff meeting on World Mental Health Day. One of the most amazing things the charity have done is to ask their art group at The Mill in Oxford to produce a painting for us – we absolutely love the end result and it is proudly displayed in our Oxford office.

Charity of the Year 2018

Special Effect - Cheque

Shaw Gibbs raised £5,142.00 for Special Effect as their charity of the year in 2018.

Special Effect put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, Special Effect are finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But they are not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, they are bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

Amongst many activities that took place through 2018 to support Special Effect,

To raise the money, Shaw Gibbs took part in: the 2018 Twin Town Challenge and held: a GameBlast event for staff, a Charity Race Night at The Race Hut Oxford, a professionals quiz, a juniors quiz, a Christmas hamper draw and a Christmas Jumper day.

Charity of the Year 2017

Shaw Gibbs have chosen to support the Friends of Summertown Library as their charity of the year for 2017.

The Friends of Summertown library are raising funds to upgrade the local library for the benefit of the community. The upgrade will allow a safer and more attractive location for the children’s section, improve the computer set up and electrical fittings, and create a more welcoming frontage for the building. The friends of Summertown Library have been successful in their fundraising thus far, having raised over £78,000 to date and consequently need just £10,000 to reach their target.

Shaw Gibbs raised over £500 for the charity via a number of fund raising activities, including; dress down days, auctioning Christmas hampers and flowers, as well as putting a small price on all deliveries in the lead up to Christmas.

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