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Heat’s Charity Round Up for 2023

It’s been another brilliant year for charitable events and initiatives here at Heat…

Now more than ever, participating in charitable events and giving back is so important. Whether on an individual, group, or company level, we’re proud of the efforts that the Heat team have been making all year to give back to their communities and to those in need. For the full round-up of events from the year, read on.


February: 10,000 steps challenge

In February, Team Heat was proud to support the charity Lifeshare, who support homeless, vulnerable, and marginalised people in Manchester, by taking on the challenge of completing 280,000 steps (10,000 steps a day) over the month. Not only did the challenge raise vital funds, it also helped the team to get out and get active in one of the colder and darker months of the year.

March: Smart Works clothes drive

In March, we donated formal office-wear collected from members of our team to Smart Works Charity who support women in equipping them with the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives. Thank you to everyone at Heat who took part, either by donating workwear or funds to the cause.

July: Race for Life

In July, 4 members of the Heat team, Valerie Baranova, Marcus Knapp, Jemma Smith, and Kat Keir, completed the Race for Life in Bath to raise money for Cancer Support UK, with Kat also being awarded Top Fundraiser of 2023 for Bath’s event. Congratulations to all our runners, who have raised £2099 in total for the charity!

August: Pride without Borders Bake Sale

In August, we raised £157 for Bristol-based charity ‘Pride without Borders’, an organisation that forms part of Bristol Refugee Rights, in honor of Pride month, and the team enjoyed delicious homemade treats and bakes ahead of the company summer party.

September: Macmillan Bake Sale

Our teams across Bristol and Manchester got busy baking once again to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Everyone enjoyed tucking into their team’s creations, and we were able to raise a grand total of £135 for the charity.

October: Bulb-planting

Our eco-warriors were out in force this month to plant some spring bulbs with Avon Wildlife Trust! Our Heat team back to nature and helped out with planting daffodils, tulips, and crocus in the local gardens that will provide that first hit of nectar for pollinators emerging early next year. Avon Wildlife Trust was on hand to guide the digging and planting of the wildflower meadow, and we’re now looking forward to seeing the meadow bloom in the spring, ready to encourage and support more pollinators in our local area.

November: Shoebox Appeal

Although it may have felt a little early to be thinking about Christmas, mid-November marked the national drop-off for the Shoebox Appeal! The Heat elves were at it once again this year, delivering shoeboxes full of gifts for Samaritan’s Purse, to be distributed worldwide to bring a smile to the faces of children in need this festive season.

December: Christmas Jumper Day

On our annual Christmas Jumper day, Heat staff across Bristol and Manchester, as well as our remote team, got into the festive spirit and donned their best festive jumpers to raise money for Save the Children.

Mince pies were eaten, christmas songs were belted out full blast, and we managed to raise £115 for the cause.

A huge thank you to everyone at Heat who has donated their time or money to get involved in our charity initiatives this year!

Our efforts have managed to raise a total of £2586 over the course of this year for a range of great causes. We look forward to continuing to support our wider communities through further fundraising and volunteering in 2024!

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