Last year was a great one for charities at Opus Energy. With special events and fundraising planned for most months, the company saw a huge surge in donations to our chosen charities, Rainbows Children’s Hospice and Guide Dogs UK, among others.
We’ve compiled an overview of our charity highlights from 2015.
April- Challenge week
In April, all departments took part in a Charity Challenge Week which included cake sales and fancy dress, and much more! Much-needed funds were raised for our charities; Guide Dogs UK and the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Northampton.
May- Wolf Run
The Wolf Run took place in May, and saw Opus employees get wet and muddy all in the name of charity. The team from HR and L&D managed to raise an impressive £835.
“It was a great challenge and a lot of fun!”- Amy Nickelson
June- Wimbledon Wii Tournament/Dress down/Strawberries & cream
June was a busy month of fundraising that included dress down, a Wii tennis tournament, sweepstakes and plenty of strawberries and cream, all in celebration of the Wimbledon fortnight. A grand total of £1,703.37 was raised for our charities.
August- Snowdon Multi Activity Challenge
In August a brave group of 6 of Opus’ own took to Wales for 12 hours of gruelling outdoor activities. The Snowdon Multi Activity Challenge took place in Snowdonia National Park and included a 17km cycle, followed by a 15km trek and ending with a 4km kayak in icy waters. The formidable team ensured that the £2,970 fundraising target was reached.
September- 5k Colour Run
September saw the vibrant spectacle that was the 5k Colour Run. The family event, which also including tombolas and stalls, brought over 200 people out to the Northampton Racecourse all in the name of Rainbows, and helped to raise a superb £1,416.50 for the hospice.
October- Dress Down Rugby World Cup
To celebrate the Rugby World Cup in October, Opus hosted a three week dress down event. And although the dreams of a nation ended in disappointment with a crushing defeat by Australia, Opus employees scored an advantage by raising a mighty £1,372.80 towards our fundraising goals.
October- Bake Off (Beating Bowel Cancer)
October also bore witness to the Bake Off, which was held in the Oxford offices in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer. Delicious baked goods were made and sold and judged across a number of categories. The impressive sum of £193.11 was raised, and some well-kneaded fun was had by all!
December- Christmas Raffle/Dress down
December saw another dress down in the run up to Christmas. On top of this, there was a raffle and a ‘family portrait’ competition which encouraged departments within the company to send in group pictures of themselves with their teams for judging.
Over the course of the year, Opus is proud to say that, together, we have raised a monumental £24,833.00!
We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with fundraising events over the past year, and look forward to an equally benevolent 2016.
Next on our list is the London Marathon which we’re hoping to send a number of employees to, in support of Guide Dogs. Watch this space!