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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:


Charity Amount 
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) £1,250
Action for Kids £200
Age UK £200
Alzheimer’s Society £750
Anthony Nolan £500
Anxiety UK £300
Arts Emergency £650
Barnardo’s £1,000
Be Child Cancer Aware £400
British Red Cross £500
Callum Pite’s Smile Charity £300
Cancer Research UK £400
Challengers £750
Childhood Trust £1,000
Clowns Without Borders £500
Company Three £500
Crisis £500
Crohns and Colitis UK £300
Crossroads Care Coventry £1,000
CRUK £300
Daisy’s Dream £400
DEC £1,250
Diabetes UK £333
Duchenne Now £400
Duchenne UK £1,000
Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau £250
Farleigh Hospice £250
Friends of the Earth £500
Greenpeace £833
Greenpeace Environmental Trust £250
Hackney City Farm £350
Hackney Winter Night Shelter £250
Hand in Hand for Syria £1,000
Hector House £250
Help Refugees £1,150
Home Start Camden £250
Hospiscare £250
Imperial College Healthcare Charity £1,000
Kidney Research UK £250
Lakelands Hospice £300
Leuka £500
LGBT Foundation £100
London Wildlife Trust £1,000
MAF UK £300
Medecins Sans Frontieres £3,700
Meningitis Now £200
MIND £1,083
Ministry of Stories £250
Oxfam £1,250
Oxfam (South Sudan) £250
Pancreatic Cancer Action £1,000
Pancreatic Cancer UK £250
PAPA’s Park (Brixton) £250
Parkinson’s UK £500
Plan £750
Prospex £1,000
Que Rico £1,000
Refuge £900
Refugee Action £1,050
Refugee Community Kitchen £500
Refugee Council £350
Refugee Support Network £250
Reprieve £500
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability £250
RSPCA £250
Samaritans £933
Sane £200
Save the Children £1,300
Save the Children (Syria) £250
Shannon Trust £350
Shelter £700
Shelterbox £300
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
Stroke Association £1,034
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
Trussell Trust £500
Unicef £1,700
War Child £500
WaterAid £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
WWF £500
Yarl’s Wood Befrienders £500
Zikomo Trust £150





From everyone at Open, thank you again Tim and James for the incredible opportunity to give such a substantial amount of money to the causes we care about.



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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.






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…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.


Kim Mc