As of 2017, BNP Paribas UK decentralised its charity partnerships and gave its subsidiaries the freedom to support the charitable organisations of their choice. This reinforces the Group’s ambition to allow teams to get more involved in community causes and build strong links with local charities.
Naomi House and Jacksplace in Basingstoke was an easy choice for the team. We had already participated in some of the organisation’s fundraising activities, so the foundation for a more permanent partnership was easy to build on. Naomi House and Jacksplace provides expert hospice care to more than 340 life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults. Its services extend to the families too and include counselling and bereavement support.
We will be raising money throughout the year through events, raffles and our annual ‘Big Challenge’.
A novel approach for 2017 is to join forces with a business partner, Crown Forklift Trucks, and take part in ‘The Gauntlet Games’ which takes place on Saturday 13 May at Matterley Bowl, Winchester. The event features a 5km (or 10km for those feeling super fit!) obstacle course, and participants can look forward to tackling a series of gladiator zones that will require them to bounce on inflatables, swing from monkey bars over water, battle gladiators and if lucky, escape through a giant slippery slide.
Later in the year, we will be organising a Fun Day scheduled for Saturday 2 September. It will include food, music, games and fun for all – more details coming soon…
Naomi House and Jacksplace is an incredible charity, staffed by extraordinary people who are committed to providing excellent clinical care to life-limited children. This costs money to do – £7 million per year to be precise. With only 10 percent of income coming from the government and statutory sources, Naomi House and Jacksplace relies on fundraising initiatives and partnerships like ours to maintain its services.
We encourage everyone in the Basingstoke area to join us for both fundraising events this year. Come and have some fun, and help out children in need.