Yesterday was our annual #CharityGiveAway.
We laughed, we cried, and (some of us) got a little bit drunk afterwards as we celebrated passing the £250,000 milestone, given away since Open began.
So here’s where the money went this year:
|Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT)||£1,250|
|Action for Kids||£200|
|Be Child Cancer Aware||£400|
|British Red Cross||£500|
|Callum Pite’s Smile Charity||£300|
|Cancer Research UK||£400|
|Clowns Without Borders||£500|
|Crohns and Colitis UK||£300|
|Crossroads Care Coventry||£1,000|
|Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau||£250|
|Friends of the Earth||£500|
|Greenpeace Environmental Trust||£250|
|Hackney City Farm||£350|
|Hackney Winter Night Shelter||£250|
|Hand in Hand for Syria||£1,000|
|Home Start Camden||£250|
|Imperial College Healthcare Charity||£1,000|
|Kidney Research UK||£250|
|London Wildlife Trust||£1,000|
|Medecins Sans Frontieres||£3,700|
|Ministry of Stories||£250|
|Oxfam (South Sudan)||£250|
|Pancreatic Cancer Action||£1,000|
|Pancreatic Cancer UK||£250|
|PAPA’s Park (Brixton)||£250|
|Refugee Community Kitchen||£500|
|Refugee Support Network||£250|
|Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability||£250|
|Save the Children||£1,300|
|Save the Children (Syria)||£250|
|Soft Power Education||£250|
|Soi Dogs Foundation||£500|
|SOS Children’s Villages UK||£300|
|St Gemma’s Hospice||£200|
|St John’s Holidays for Children Trust||£500|
|St Nicholas Hospice||£400|
|STAR (Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation)||£1,000|
|Teenage Cancer Trust||£1,000|
|Terrence Higgins Trust||£500|
|The Amber Trust||£500|
|The Choir with No Name||£1,000|
|The Cybersmile Foundation||£300|
|The Gorilla Organization||£300|
|The Mayhew Animal Home (Therapaws)||£250|
|The Movember Foundation||£334|
|The Shakespeare Hospice||£500|
|The UK Sepsis Trust||£500|
|The Whitehawk Foodbank (Trussle Trust)||£500|
|Trinity Day Care Centre||£500|
|West Hampstead Women’s Centre||£250|
|Wilberry Wonder Pony||£300|
|Willow Young Carers (Barnardo’s)||£1,000|
|World Animal Protection||£250|
|World Land Trust||£200|
|Yarl’s Wood Befrienders||£500|
There’s a funny feeling in the office today. A kind of happy, sad feeling. Part nerves, part excitement.
You see, this afternoon is our eighth annual Sharefest. For those uninitiated, it goes like this…
Every year, each member of staff gets £1,000 to give to charity. We gather round, sit in a circle and talk about who we’ve given it to. We talk about the life-changing work they are doing, and the personal stories behind our choices. There is laughter and friendship and a fair few tears. Hence the feeling: part happy, part sad.
And that’s the nature of what we do in our sector, right? We tell stories that move people. We tell stories to change attitudes. We tell stories to change lives.
Rarely do we get the chance to hear so many inspiring stories in one go. And as we share our stories, and reflect on the wonderful work that happens in our sector, we’re going to give away thousands of pounds. In fact, this afternoon, we’re giving away £60,000 and hopefully, sending a bit more ‘happy’ out into the world.
Join us on twitter @LifeAtOpen to hear where the money goes, and share the positive vibes a little further.
…also known as the Mindful Monsters.
We’ve teamed up with Scope to create Mindful Monsters – an exciting new product to help families benefit from all the wonders of mindfulness.
For £7.50 a month, parents can get a monthly delivery of fun activity cards to do together as a family. Covering four areas – concentration, positivity, relaxation and creativity – Mindful Monsters can help arm children with the resilience, positive outlook and emotional understanding needed to tackle the trials of day-to-day life. And a regular donation to Scope’s incredibly important work helps provide support and advice to disabled people and their families.
Check it out for yourself here because, let’s face it, we could all do with some more mindfulness (and fun regular giving products) in our lives.