GAP’s Charitable Foundation was set up in April 2015 and donates around 0.5% of the Company’s profits to charities. The donations are allocated through applications put forward to the GAP Giving committee by the Company’s 1,800-strong 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 provide support:
Any GAP employee can nominate a charity they feel is deserving or who may have helped themselves, family or friends in the past. £80,000 was donated to 98 charities during the financial year 2017 / 2018.
GAP's recent donations:
Marie Curie recently received a £500 donation from GAP in support of its Daffodil Appeal.
Marie Curie provides much needed expert care to people with terminal illnesses, such as dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease amongst any other illness, as well as supporting their families. Marie Curie nurses care for patients in their home when they need them most, day or night. The charity has nine hospices at the heart of communities around the UK.
Using the GAP Match scheme, GAP has donated £330 to Comic Relief thanks to staff in Head Office raising money on Red Nose Day.
Comic Relief supports vulnerable people in many ways both in the UK and internationally, with a vision to create a just world free from poverty by funding ‘amazing organisations doing amazing things’. The funds that the charity raise go toward supporting finding solutions to terrible problems such as, helping children to survive and thrive, providing safe places to live, fighting for gender equality all over the world and promoting positive mental health.
Below are some of the charities we have recently donated to:
GAP has eight 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 51 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 Stroke Association, London Air Ambulance, WWF, British Heart Foundation, Salvation Army, Prostate Cancer UK, Shelter, Prince’s Trust, RNLI and When You Wish Upon a Star.
GAP also operates a matching scheme, where employees who fundraise for a charity will see their efforts matched by GAP Giving (up to £500). This year there have been 25 donations made via GAP Match. GAP’s employees have been involved in various events including marathons, three peak challenges, sponsored walks, pancake day and coffee mornings.