Charity of the Year

As part of our ethos of wanting to give back and to make a broader contribution to the community, since 2011, we have chosen a charity to support every year, through a combination of fundraising, donations and direct support such as the volunteering of our time. Our chosen charity for this year is The Forgiveness Project – if you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.

The complete list of charities we have supported is:

2015 – The Forgiveness Project
2014 – Barnardo’s
2013 – Oxfam Trailtrekkers
2012 – Precious Awards
2011 – Breakthrough Breast Cancer

2015 – The Forgiveness Project

forgiveness-project-logoThis year, we have chosen The Forgiveness Project as our Charity of the Year. The Forgiveness Project is an award-winning, secular organisation that collects and shares real stories of forgiveness to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable people to reconcile with the pain and move forward from the trauma in their own lives.

2014 – Barnardo’s

Barnado'sThis year, to coincide with our 10th business birthday as The Alliance, we wanted to make our Charity of the Year one that we could help in a meaningful hands-on way. Barnardo’s proved to be an excellent choice. As an organization, Barnardo’s fights for the UK’s most vulnerable children, supporting those who need it most. And in our brief time with them, we found it to be staffed by truly inspirational people, to whom we can all be grateful for doing what they do, and for doing it so kindly, professionally and authentically. We spent a day with the team in Basingstoke and some of the young people they work with: you can read an account of our experience below.

Oxfam Trail Trekker2013 – Oxfam Trailtrekker

At the beginning of 2013, we set ourselves a challenging goal for the year – a big hairy audacious goal as Jim Collins memorably put it in Built to Last. We decided to participate in the Oxfam Trailtrekker sponsored walk in June. And we are delighted to report that we were successful in walking 100km in under 30 hours and have exceeded our target of raising £10,000 for Oxfam – a big thank you to all those who supported us! If you’d like to read updates of our experience, or support us with a donation, please visit our fundraising page. Thank you!

We have compiled a list of our Top Ten Tips to support and encourage anyone who is thinking of giving this kind of challenge a go. We have shared this with the team at Oxfam, and you can download a copy here.

And please read on for an account of our experience on the walk itself…

2012 – Precious Awards

Our charity of the year for 2012 was the Precious Awards. As part of our goal of helping small businesses, we were delighted to be able to continue our work with the Precious team by delivering an Alliance coaching programme to the winner of the start-up business of the year award (you can read about the Awards ceremony here).

2011 – Breakthrough Breast Cancer

One of our coaches, Ann Orton, has successfully completed a tandem skydive in aid of our Charity of the Year, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Alliance members, clients and client organisations have contributed very generously towards this cause. Ann has raised in excess of £22,000 and altogether the jump raised £175,000 and counting. Thank you very much!

Please read on for an account of Ann’s experience…