Over the course of the summer, employees across the Optionis Group have got stuck in and completed a series of fundraising challenges – raising more than £3,500 for our nominated charity partner, Samaritans.
Ranging from coffee mornings to mountain climbs, there was something for everyone to get involved in to help raise vital funds in aid of the emotional support charity.
One of the activities saw 13 company employees take on the National Three Peaks Challenge to reach the tops of Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis on a rainy Saturday in August. That’s a total ascent of 11,178ft – within 24 hours! The team came out triumphant after tackling challenging weather and rocky terrains on all three mountains.
In addition to this, we raised more money by holding a Samaritans ‘Brew Monday’ event to encourage staff to take a break together. The event was supported by Samaritans, who supplied branded tea bags, posters and lollipops. Staff were able to buy and sell cakes, helping to raise money and awareness around mental health in line with the charity’s national campaign.
It was great to see so many people across our offices in Hemel Hempstead, Edinburgh, Blackpool and Warrington take part; whether it was baking (and sampling!) some delicious cakes or simply by having a brew together.
Furthermore, a huge well done to an employee from our Hemel Hempstead office, who also raised over £500 for Samaritans after agreeing to shave his head!
James Lawton-Hill, Director of Marketing at Optionis, said: “Our charity campaigns are always hugely popular with our employees and this summer has been no different. We have a lot of staff who love to get involved, particularly in the physically challenging ones.
“Last year, we completed lots of fundraising activities, from tough mudder to coffee mornings, and now we want to push ourselves even further. Raising money for an incredible, worthy cause like Samaritans is always a pleasure, so we’re hopeful that the momentum will continue – although I am not sure we will have any more volunteers for the head shave!”
Optionis has also been hosting internal workshops since April with the help of Samaritans. The sessions, held through a series of Lunch and Learn meetings, aim to develop employees’ ability to recognise mental health struggles, enabling them to help customers in need of advice and support.