Each year everyone at OS has the chance to nominate, and then vote for, a corporate charity which the organisation then supports for the next 12 months. This year we selected Solent Mind, local to our Southampton head office, as the corporate charity, and fundraising is already underway. In addition, our regional field teams can nominate and support a charity local to them. Each of us also has the opportunity to take a volunteer day, to support our corporate charity, or any other charity of our choice.
This year, we’ve already seen a wide range of activities as teams and individuals get involved in fundraising activities, or taking their volunteer days to give something back to local communities. Take a look at some of the recent activities:
Last month a team of 10 Scottish Region surveyors cycled from Bowling to Grangemouth, 35 miles, along the Forth Clyde Canal towpath. The team were fundraising for Scottish Mountain Rescue and Cancer Research UK.
Our East Region of surveyors are holding a charity day this week to support a school for children with special needs. They’ll be putting their DIY skills to use to decorate a bungalow the school use to help train the children in completing day-to-day tasks. They’ll also tackle the garden, with the intention of widening the footpath to allow wheel-chair access.
Our South West Region used their volunteer day to do some team building and support the National Trust with their organic parkland management at The Vyne in Sherborne St John, Hampshire. The team had a quick lesson in the use of the lazydog tools to embark on thistle bashing and ragwort pulling as part of the estates mission to manage its land manually and organically. It was fairly tiring and repetitive work but the Trust rely solely on volunteers to do this work, so the team rose to the challenge and impressed staff at The Vyne with the amount of area covered.
Last but not least for recent activity, 20 intrepid OS cyclists tackled a sunrise to sunset ride from Sandbanks Beach in Poole to Bude in Cornwall. The journey of 229 km took them through Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, conquering over 3,500m of ascent along the way and raising over £2,000 for Solent Mind.
Watch this space to see how else OS teams support the corporate charity and use their volunteer days over the rest of the year.