7 months ago we announced Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity. We’ve been busy raising money and so far, our total is £8,943.03!
As well as our #charitytuesday events, cake sales and football sweepstakes (mentioned in our previous blog), we have had a few big events which have considerably contributed to our total that we’d like to shout about.
Our in-house choir Off the Scale held its incredible annual Gala on 9th November. This time around the event raised over £1,178, so we’d like to thank the amazing singers involved and those who came along to enjoy the evening.
Back in July, our OS Runners club got involved in the 2018 Conti Thunder Run by running as many 10km laps as possible in 24 hours! They raised a staggering £3,000+ and we are so impressed by their dedication.
Our fundraising target is to reach £25,000 over 24 months. If we meet this, the government will match it and bring the total to £50,000.
By raising money for our corporate charity, we’re helping raise vital funds for Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity’s emergency and trauma department appeal. The innovative facility will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proofed cubicles and x-ray facilities. It will also include a dedicated reception, triage and waiting area for young patients, access to resuscitation facilities via a new link corridor, a nurse practitioner room and a safe room for children with mental health problems.
£50,000 will provide one fully equipped assessment bay in this new unit, so we are more determined than ever to meet our target. In July, a few members of our business centre team got to see the shell of the assessment bay we are funding.
The builders have been working hard since July, so much so that when we were invited back for a tour of the unit and our bay on 21st November, we didn’t even need high vis or hard hat!
The below photo is a stark contrast to the one above. The progress that has been made is astounding, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.
We’d like to put some friendly faces to the people working at OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do. As today is the International Day of Charity, we’re starting with Teena Munden, Business Centre Manager and chief fundraiser at OS.
How long have you worked for OS?
I celebrated my 10-year OS anniversary last month!
How long have you been in your current role?
While I have always worked within the business centre, I started out as a Business Centre Executive. Five years ago, I applied for my current managerial role. It felt like a natural progression and, while I was nervous about the increased responsibility, I feel I have thrived as Business Centre Manager. OS has been very accommodating over the years and despite my promotion I was able to continue working part-time to fit in with childcare.
Since announcing Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity, we’ve been busy raising money – over £1800 so far!
We’ve organised an array of fundraising activities including a football tournament, cake sale, World Cup quiz and a charity run. We of course had a map sale too, but we’re sure you knew that! Below are just a few of our highlights.
We all know that getting outside for a walk is great for both our physical and mental well-being, but did you know that having a good belly-laugh can provide another boost to wellness? We’re supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity, raising funds to support better mental health, so the prospect of a charity comedy gig with a map theme during #NationalMapReadingWeek was irresistible.
Comedy performer Helen Wood came to our attention this summer, when she was performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as Helen’s show explored one of her passions, OS maps. The eight performances of ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, were sold out at Edinburgh.
Helen is performing her solo show at our Southampton head office on Monday 16 October at 7pm. Space is limited, so booking is necessary, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a sold-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe The OS Map Fan Club is coming to our Southampton head office to help launch National Map Reading Week and raise money for Solent Mind. The performance will be held on Monday October 16 at 7 pm. Space is limited, so booking is essential, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email your details to email@example.com
The OS Map Fan Club is a solo, comedy show written and performed by OS enthusiast Helen Wood, and is a humorous exploration of the much loved, fold-out, paper map.
In this fast-paced, entertaining show Helen leads the audience on a virtual ramble using sheet 168 Explorer Map of Stroud, Tetbury and Malmesbury. Along the way she weaves together fascinating facts about locations, maps and rambling with amusing autobiographical stories and sketches.
Helen is determined that by the end of the show all audience members will be card-carrying, badge wearing O.S. map fanatics.
‘Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values’
‘Helen Wood is a warm and engaging performer who entertains the audience with her fun and touching show’
West End Wilma
‘If you like walking, this is a great way to spend an hour’
To reserve your place email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re now in our second year of supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity. Most people will know at least one person who has suffered from poor mental health and Solent Mind provide an extremely important service to local people, close to our head office in Southampton.
We’re all trying to raise as much as possible to make changes to the lives of those suffering with mental illness and those family and friends supporting them. As a business which is keen to encourage physical and mental health, we’ve supported our own #GetOutside messaging and many staff have taken part in football tournaments and marathons. Our OS Runners raised over £1,000 running a relay marathon from London to Cardiff earlier this year. Plus, OS participants completed the London Marathon, and we have people taking part in the Great South Run later this year.
This weekend, our CEO Nigel Clifford and his daughter Caitlin will be taking part in the Great North Run, helping to raise more awareness of mental health issues and fundraise for Solent Mind. You can find out more about Nigel and support his challenge on JustGiving.
Using a wide range of techniques, our talented Craft Club have created a fantastic Great British Craftography Map, and we’re putting it up for auction to raise money for Solent Mind, our corporate charity. The crafty individuals recreated the Ordnance Survey National Grid into a 2.2m by 1.2m wall hanging. And you can now bid for the unique, mappy piece of art in an online charity auction.
We’re at Solent Mind‘s Eastleigh Wellbeing Centre today to officially open their newly-refurbished training room, with our CEO Nigel Clifford and Solent Mind CEO Kevin Gardner on hand to cut the ribbon. A fantastic team of OS volunteers had donned their decorating overalls to transform the once dull room into a clean, energising environment which can now be used by staff, volunteers, and service users.
As part of the makeover our team not only decorated the room but helped install new blinds, carpet, furniture, storage and artwork including a creative finger print painting from OS staff. The room wouldn’t have been complete without a map, so one of the final touches came when the team hung an OS Custom Made map canvas centred on the building.
We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.
Our corporate charity, Solent Mind, run regular art therapy sessions at their wellbeing centres. Users of their service can draw, paint, colour and tap into the relaxation benefits. Neil Wilson at Solent Mind said:
Colouring is a simple and effective way to calm the mind and occupy the hands – it’s a wonderful option for creating a state of peace. This gentle activity where you choose the colours and take your own time to create your picture, can help focus the mind on the present, and promote wellbeing, blocking out negative thoughts.