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The best message we’ve ever received at Open was from a woman who had been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer thanks to one of our TLC guides.


But this is a close second…


From the campaign for the RSPCA’s of Queensland and New South Wales that we worked with Flat Earth Direct on.


Paul de Gregorio

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Yesterday was our annual #CharityGiveAway.
Here’s where the money went:


Charity Amount 
ActionAid £1,500
Age UK £500
Alzheimer’s Society £834
Ann Charlton Lodge £1,000
Anxiety UK £500
Arvon £200
Barnardo’s £300
British Heart Foundation £650
Bliss £400
Blossom Africa £250
CALM £500
Camelsdale Preschool £100
Campaign Against Arms Trade £250
Cancer Research UK £1,300
Canonbury School Foundation £500
Care International £500
Caring in Bristol £200
Cats Protection League £300
Centrepoint £250
Changing Lives £333
Children North East £333
Children of Fire International £1,000
CND £200
Contact the Elderly £500
Cruse Bereavement Care £500
Derian House £333
Disability Challenges £1,000
Doctors Without Borders £300
Domestic Violence Intervention Project £250
Duchenne Children’s Trust £1,000
Ectodermal Dysplasia Society £425
English Federation of Disability Sport £500
Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau £250
Families in Care £333
First Touch £300
Freedom from Torture £300
Friends of the Elderly £500
Greenpeace UK £900
Hackney Quest £500
Hand in Hand for Syria £500
HeadSmart £250
Heart Research UK £1,000
Hospicare £250
JAAGO £2,000
K9 Interventions £250
Karma Nirvana £300
Little Princess Trust £500
Macmillan Cancer Support £500
Medical Aid for Palestinians £400
Medecins Sans Frontieres £2,050
Meningitis Now £500
Mind £1,000
Ministry of Stories £250
Missing People £250
MND Association £425
MSF (Syria) £250
National Osteoporosis Society £250
Nuclear Education Trust £500
Only Connect £300
Ovarian Cancer Action £500
Pancreatic Cancer Action £750
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund £250
Pancreatic Cancer UK £250
Parkinsons UK £500
Peace Direct £200
Plan UK £700
Plan UK (Girls Fund) £250
R U Coming Out £250
Refuge £200
Refugee Action £250
Refugee Support Network £250
Reprieve £500
Retired Greyhound Trust £400
RNLI £250
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability £250
Royal Marsden £750
RSPCA £500
Samaritans £1,550
Save the Children £1,400
Save the Children (Syria) £500
Scoliosis Association UK £500
Shelter £250
Shelterbox £400
Sightsavers £300
Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre £500
Smile Train UK £250
Somerset Star £500
Sport Relief £700
St Christopher’s Hospice £250
St John’s Holiday Trust £500
St John’s Winchester £300
St Mary’s Garden £2,000
St Peter’s Hospice £600
Stroke Association £500
Syrian Relief £333
Tax Justice Network £250
Terrence Higgins Trust £500
The Brain Tumour Charity £250
The Civil Liberties Trust £300
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields £100
The Mayhew Animal Home (Therappaws) £500
The Shakespeare Hospice £1,000
Trinity Day Care Centre £500
Ubaka U Rwanda £300
UNHCR £500
Unicef £1,000
Unicef (Syria) £250
Wac Arts £500
War Child £500
WaterAid £300
Winston’s Wish £500
Wood Green Animal Shelter £150
Young Minds £250
Zikomo Trust £500




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



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Giveaway 2015


Six years ago, with three days notice, all seven Open employees sat in a little room and shared something very special. Laughter, tears, personal stories – it was the first annual Open giveaway, when we were each given £1,000 to give to the charities of our choice.


Fast forward six years and a lot has changed – not least the fact that there’s now over 60 of us (and therefore £60,000 to be given away) – but one of Open’s founding principles, that we would give away our own profits to the causes close to us, still remains.


So, tomorrow, 60+ fundraisers will sit in a circle in a very white room and share our choices. There’ll once again be laughter, a few heartfelt tears and no shortage of personal stories. Some things never change.