GAP’s Charitable Foundation was set up in April 2015 and donates around 0.5% of the company’s profits to charities. Since its formation, GAP Giving has donated over £356,000 to 424 different charities across the UK and further afield.
The donations are allocated through applications put forward to the GAP Giving Committee by the company’s 1,800+ workforce. The committee includes members of staff from a variety of roles within GAP, meeting monthly at the company’s Head Office in Glasgow.
There are various ways GAP Giving provides support:
Any GAP employee can nominate a charity they feel is deserving or who may have helped themselves, family or friends in the past. In total, £56,624 was donated to 88 charities during the financial year 2018/2019.
GAP's recent donations:
The Lighthouse Club – The Construction Industry Charity
GAP has donated £5,000 to continue its support of the Lighthouse Club; the only charity that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families, raising awareness of mental health in the workplace.
The charity doesn’t receive any public funding and relies on the generosity of those within the industry to help them continue their important work.
Along with the Lighthouse Club, GAP promotes the Construction Industry Helpline to all staff. This is a confidential 24/7 helpline which offers assistance to all construction workers and their families seeking support in the UK and Ireland.
Save The Waverly
After recently donating £500 to the Waverly appeal, GAP has donated a further £5,000 to go toward the appeal to replace the boilers on the boat and get it back in operational condition.
PS Waverly, built in 1946, is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world which operates passenger excursions around the British coast. Since 2003, the ship has been listed in the National Historic Fleet as "a vessel of pre-eminent national importance".
Earlier this year, The Waverly was withdrawn from service due to boiler problems. Following this, an appeal was started with a target of £2.3 million to recommission the ship in time for the summer 2020 season.
Pay it Forward Scheme at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow)
This year, the Tron Theatre in Glasgow has received another £1,000 from GAP which will go toward the £20,000 target of its 2020 Pay it Forward scheme.
The Tron’s innovative scheme runs every year and was created to allow disadvantaged families or individuals, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to experience a performance at the theatre such as a Christmas pantomime.
The Tron also offer pre-panto workshops and Christmas gifts, including young people’s goody bags, for which staff at GAP's Head Office have been collecting and donating items.
The generosity of supporters goes a long way and can even stretch to fund little extras such as ice cream and toys to make the experience one to always remember.
Below are some more of the charities we have recently donated to:
GAP has nine divisions specialising in the hire of equipment to the construction and events industries and over 140 locations throughout the UK. Every year, each region, division and Head Office department are given the opportunity to choose a charity for a donation of £1,000. GAP Giving has donated to countless charities via the Charity of the Month and special donation schemes (charities Joint Managing Directors Douglas and Iain Anderson support). Charities who received a £1,000 donation last year include Chestnut Tree House, Wish Upon a Dream, Samaritans, Combat Stress and British Lung Foundation.
In the financial year 2018/19, GAP donated a total of £45,810 purely through both employee nominated donations and the Charity of the Month scheme.
GAP also operates a matching scheme, where employees who fundraise for a charity will see their efforts matched by GAP Giving (up to £750). In the past year, there has been numerous donations made via GAP Match amounting to £10,814. This money has been donated to several charities including, The Brain Tumour Charity, CALM, The Christie, Chris’ House and St. Luke’s Hospice. GAP’s employees have been involved in various events including marathons, three peak challenges, sponsored walks, pancake day and coffee mornings.