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Shaw Gibbs raises over £2,500 for community charity - news article image

Shaw Gibbs raises over £2,500 for community charity

24 Aug 2015

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Peter O’Connell (left) presents a cheque for £2,541 to North Oxford Association Chairman David Potts

Shaw Gibbs has raised an impressive £2,541 for its Charity of the Year, North Oxford Association. The funds, which were presented to the charity by Shaw Gibbs Managing Director Peter O’Connell, have been raised over the last twelve months from an array of activities organised by Shaw Gibbs employees.

North Oxford Association Chairman David Potts, said on receiving the funds: “We are thrilled to receive such generous support and are deeply grateful for the time and effort everyone from Shaw Gibbs has put in to raise these funds.”

The charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, has a number of ideas on how best to use the funds, including creating a play area for children and an automatic gate to help manage the small car park.

“This support couldn’t come at a better time. We try to offer as much as we can for all ages in our local community, but expenses are hefty. This money is a great help and will make a tangible difference,” adds David Potts.

Peter O’Connell adds: “Everyone is very community minded here and we have really enjoyed the fundraising activities. North Oxford Association does great work for people of all ages and abilities in the locality and we are proud to support them.”

One of the major fundraising events was the Shaw Gibbs Annual Rush Hockey Tournament. Over 160 people from professional firms in Oxfordshire took part, raising £800 for the charity. More activities during the year included Dress Down Fridays for a donation of £3 and regularly auctioning off the Shaw Gibbs reception flowers.

North Oxford Association was established in 1966 and operates from a community building in Diamond Place, Summertown. A popular ‘drop in centre’ for North Oxford, activities include a Neighbourly Help scheme for the elderly or disabled and a befriending service. It also runs language classes, yoga and other exercise classes, health walks, bridge groups, mother & baby groups, and training for babysitters. New volunteers are always welcome.

David Potts is keen for the charity to forge links with more local businesses: “We have lots to offer firms who would like to support us and our facilities here are the best kept secret in Summertown. Our self contained seminar room and courtyard garden is ideal for seminars and meetings.”

For more information about how North Oxford Association visit, call 01865 552295 or email


Standing (left to right): Kate Healey and Peter O’Connell of Shaw Gibbs, David Potts, NOA Chairman, Jesmond Blumenfeld, NOA Treasurer

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