At GreySpark we believe that corporate responsibility is a key component of both our culture and company. At a company and individual level we hope to make a positive difference to our local community and environment. Some examples of how we have supported various charities or events are listed below.

We are very proud of the fact that one of our Managing Consultants is a trustee of the African Education Foundation, a charity that provides funding for the education of African children in the field of science. The foundation acts as a reliable conduit for donations from the UK to their desired destination in South Africa. Currently, the foundation is supporting the Nhlambanyathi High School in Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is garnering donations to help fund a new science laboratory.

In May 2016, one of GreySpark’s staff members participated in Stonewall’s 10km LGBT Equality Walk in Brighton, raising funds to send role models into schools to support and inspire young people across the country. Every year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people grow up feeling isolated and alone just because of who they are. Last year Stonewall sent more than 50 LGBT role models to visit schools across the UK to share their personal stories with thousands of students and teachers.

For Christmas 2015, GreySpark ran a toy appeal for disadvantaged children living in east London. The toys were distributed by a ELBA, a local charity, to children in care, disabled children and impoverished children, amongst others.

The charity chosen in 2015 was the East London Business Alliance, a social regeneration project in east London. It facilitates corporate investment from over 100 companies – many based in the City – into community programmes spanning east London. ELBA distributed the aggregated Christmas present donations to over 50 different community groups.

In the autumn of 2015, GreySpark organised a collection of food for donation by its staff to a local food bank. Food banks provide emergency food parcels to people who, for a variety of reasons, can’t provide for themselves or their family. GreySpark’s donation went to the Trussell Trust (trusselltrust.org). Food banks were very busy in 2015; between April and September, for instance, Trussell Trust food banks across the UK gave 506,369 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis (Source GazetteLive.co.uk).

One of our number raised money by taking the Thames Path Challenge this summer in support of NAS and GreySpark topped-up the amount raised with a sizeable donation. NAS is the leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. Providing information, support and pioneering services, campaigning for a better world for people with autism. For more information about the charity please click here.

GreySpark has supported the work of the night shelter with both funding and resources. Number Five night shelter aims to support those who want to help themselves stabilise and move towards more independent living. The shelter encourages self-help and personal responsibility to achieve goals and objectives on the path to improved lives. It accommodates up to 14 men and 2 women, regardless of background. To find out more about this organisation and the work it does in Guildford to provide support to some of the most vulnerable members of our society, please click here.

Ensuring that the quality of urban environments is maintained is a key objective of the Trees for Cities organisation. By ensuring that more trees are grown in built-up cities like London, Trees for Cities supports a more healthy living and working environment for all their inhabitants. GreySpark has provided a donation to this organisation to help it continue its worthwhile work. For more information about the charity please click here.

The Corporate Challenge is a 5km run which features more than 28,000 entrants from 700 companies. GreySpark sent a team of 10 to compete, with the combined entrance fee joining the funds J.P. Morgan donated to Age UK. The organisation is an advocate for older people in the UK, providing information, advice and services to millions of people annually. For more information about the charity please click here.

The Red Cross is renowned the world over for its work with the vulnerable regardless of their demographic. In 2015, GreySpark provided a donation to help support the charity’s activities, assisting those caught up in catastrophes such as the recent earthquake in Nepal. For more information about the Red Cross please click here.