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We play an active role in our regions, not only in business but also in community life. Staff are encouraged to engage in community support work both during office hours and outside. We do this by granting extra holidays for days spent on worthwhile causes. We also match-fund any amounts produced as a result.

VWV's Charity of the Year

Each year, our staff nominate their Charity of the Year, which we support through various fundraising activities. In 2018, we chose The Prince's Trust as our Charity of the Year across all our offices.

The VWV Charitable Trust makes regular grants to regionally based charities and provides substantial financial support to our Charity of the Year.

Previous Charities of the Year have in recent years included Ronald McDonald House, Bristol, Home-Start, WAITS, The Haven, Peace Hospice Care, the Julian Trust Night Shelter and St Basils.

Community Projects

Our staff are regularly involved in the community, in an individual capacity and professionally too. A few recent examples include:

  • Cooking dinner for 50 families of critically ill children at Ronald McDonald House.
  • Hosting The Great VWV Bake Off, with all proceeds going to our charity of the year.
  • Three brave staff members abseiling down St Mary's Church in Watford and raising £700 for Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers.
  • Donating 50 Christmas gifts for children supported by Home-Start.
  • Completing the 1 mile 'Swim Serpentine' challenge, raising  over £700 for Home-Start.
  • Our annual Christmas Jumper Day.
  • Completing a Wing Walk for Home-Start and MS Society UK, raising £1,700.
  • Taking part in The Hospice of St Francis' 'Make a Will in March' to encourage people to make a Will.
  • Taking part in St Basils' Big Birmingham Sleepout 2016 to raise awareness about how tough having to live outside can be.
  • Organising 'Partner Pandemonium - A Jungle Challenge' which saw seven of our Bristol partners go head-to-head in some gruesome trials, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House, Bristol.

Bristol Art Trails

Since 2013, we have been supporting Gromit Unleashed, Shaun the Sheep and Gromit Unleashed 2. These iconic art exhibition trails have raised millions for the Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's hospital charity.

As a proud sponsor this year again, we organised a day of fundraising activities tailored to each of the Wallace & Gromit films. We dropped our usual business trousers and popped on the "wrong trousers" for one day. We also organised a drawing competition for the little ones, and members of our IT team bravely volunteered to have their legs waxed for the fantastic cause! A total of £700 was raised for Bristol Children's Hospital.

'In-Kind' Support

We offer free meeting space to a number of charities. As part of the relocation of our Bristol office to Narrow Quay House in November 2015, we also donated office equipment and furniture to international charity Meningitis Research Foundation.

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