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:
Teenage Cancer Trust UK
GAP has recently donated a total of £2,000 to the Teenage Cancer Trust UK. This money was shared over various areas of the charity, with £1,000 being contributed to its Hair4U project, to go toward funding real hair wigs and salon styling. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and Teenage Cancer Trust are dedicated to providing the expert treatment and support they need.
The Tron Theatre (Glasgow)
In November, The Tron Theatre in Glasgow received a £1,000 donation from GAP. This money will go toward the theatre’s ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme, which they run each year, to allow disadvantaged groups to attend the theatre. It is estimated that around 500 people/12 groups will benefit from the ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme this year.
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.