We are committed to giving something back by supporting both local and national charities, and those which have a special meaning to our team. Click on the images below or visit our charity blog for more information.
“Children North East is North East England’s very own children’s charity. For 125 years we have been transforming the lives of disadvantaged children so that they have a better chance in life.”
In 2018 Employees of The High Street Group nominated Children North East as their chosen charity. Throughout the year we will hold events in aid of this worthy charity.
Visit https://www.children-ne.org.uk/about/ to find out more about the work they undertake on behalf of children in our region.
“CHUF’s mission is to make life better for children and young people who are born with or who develop heart conditions by providing lifelong support to them and their families.”
Visit http://www.chuf.org.uk/ to find out more about the amazing work this charity does to improve the lives of those affected by debilitating heart conditions.
The High Street Group has been involved in a number of events supporting CHUF, in conjunction with the Geordie Harley Davidson Chapter, who hold regular trips to the Freeman Hospital to show the children the motorbikes.
The charity was brought to our attention by one of our All Saints Construction staff members who has close links with this worthwhile charity.
To reward some of our most dedicated employees, and provide them with an experience of a lifetime, in May 2017 The High Street Group put together a team of 11 to trek the Grand Canyon.
The team experienced one of the most geologically unique areas in the Grand Canyon, pushed trekkers’ physical and mental limits, and left them with an immense sense of achievement and pride.
On top of the personal achievement, the High Street team fund-raised for St. Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth. The team raised an amazing £3,407 .62 for the worth charity. St Oswald’s provides essential care, their vision statement being to ‘make the most of time and improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition, and their families.’
You can still donate online on The High Street Group’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/highstreet-grandcanyon
This latest fundraising event follows on from ‘High Street Climb Against Cancer‘ which saw 14 staff members climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Check out the team’s journey on our website: https://thehighstreetgroup.com/category/charity/
The CEO Sleepout event took place on 9th March 2017 and our Chairman Gary Forrest and hundreds of North East CEOs slept by the pitch at St. James’ Park, Newcastle to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty.
The event was a great success, raising a total of £76,300! The money raised will do incredible things in Tyneside, including increasing awareness of homelessness across the region.
Despite the discomfort and lack of sleep for the night, Gary thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will look in a more sympathetic way at those who endure sleeping rough night after night. You can still sponsor Gary here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gary-Forrest1
Find out more about the UK wide CEO Sleepout events here: http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/
We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, either personally or a family member or friend, which is why we support Macmillan at The High Street Group.
Macmillan provide vital support after a cancer diagnosis, from help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they are there. You can find out more information on their website www.macmillan.org.uk.
We have raised several hundred pounds for Macmillan at various office events throughout the year: coffee mornings, staff bake offs and the everyday ‘swear jars’!
By far our most challenging fundraising event took place in June 2015! 14 members of staff took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Macmillan.
The team raised a staggering £21,760 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done to everyone involved and THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!
Take a look at the official climb film: https://youtu.be/Ly0FATbbfy8
Their dedicated facebook page shows photos of the climb: https://www.facebook.com/HighStreetsClimbAgainstCancer
You can also still donate online: https://www.justgiving.com/high-street-climb-for-cancer/
Every year, we get into the Comic Relief spirit in the office by dressing up, dressing down, wearing red noses and doing crazy things to raise money for this prominent fund raising effort.
We raised over £100 last year, and aim to double it this year. With so many ex professional sportsmen in the company, there is a drive to support Sports Relief and the associated charities.
Back for the fifth year in 2014 after completely selling out in previous years, this 10K cross country adventure pushes you to the limit. Unique and challenging obstacles have been designed by the Outdoor Fitness Company, the North East’s largest bootcamp company and the 103 Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment.
Competing for our second year, The High Street Group team managed to cross the line in under 1 hour 40 minutes – an outstanding achievement! Apart from a few bumps and bruises and a trip to the hospital with a scratched ear canal (Phill) everyone lived to tell the tale!
We raised a staggering £618.74 for the British Heart Foundation, and we are already in training for the 2015 event.
For more information on the event, visit www.newcastlestampede.com
Some of our team regularly run The Great North Run for their chosen charities, with our veteran Dale Shotton finishing his 5th attempt this year. A special mention this year to David Pill who raised almost £500 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, which raises necessary funds for a disease David sadly lost his father to last year.
Find out more about this prestigious event at http://www.greatrun.org/