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Charity/Fund Raising

Psigma Foundation

We take pride and enjoy contributing to the community and encourage our colleagues to participate in supporting our chosen charities.

This year signifies the second year since the formal incorporation of the Psigma Foundation (‘the Foundation’). This is an independent charitable foundation that focuses our corporate philanthropic activity in support of small and personal charities, nominated each year by our colleagues.

After a great deal of consideration we chose to formally support the following charities for 2017.

Psigma Foundation (registered Charity Number 1163295)

 NAIT Babies

The Cure Parkinson's Trust
 
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To follow the progress of our colleagues charitable efforts and to support the Foundation, please visit our fundraising page. Alternatively, you can visit the Virgin Giving site and search for ‘Psigma’. We are very grateful for all of your support.


 Charity Darts 

In October, Psigma employees gathered around the oche for Round 2 of the Psigma Foundation Darts Tournament. Emotions were high as competitors attempted to regain the scintillating form seen in last year’s tournament.

The event continues to be a fantastic success with great fun had by all and we all look forward to next year’s event in which teams will again hotly compete for the coveted Psigma Dart’s Shield. 

It was a fantastic event for both players and spectators. We are pleased to have raised £790 for the Foundation.

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Psigma Rides - Newcastle to Edinburgh
 
Well done to colleagues Simon Kay, Tim Wishart and Richard Hyder of Psigma’s Edinburgh-based team who chose to salute their colleagues’ recent achievements and raise further funds by cycling 167 miles from Punter Southall’s office in Newcastle to Psigma’s Edinburgh office over the 5th and 6th of August in aid of the Psigma Foundation.
 
Against the odds and despite mixed weather and a lot of hills, the team’s initial enthusiasm was sustained by a steady supply of bananas, ham sandwiches and Haribo.  This was delivered to us by our ‘wing man’ David Robertson, who ably manned the support vehicle and kept Simon, Tim and Richard going with much-needed encouragement and characteristic good humour.  Our intrepid trio tackled a 1000ft climb into the Moorfoot hills into Fife know that from there it was downhill all the way to Edinburgh where they were greeted by a visiting troupe of Korean tribal drummers drumming away right outside the 7 Castle Street office.
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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their donations. The Newcastle to Edinburgh ride has so far raised nearly £2.5k We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their donations. The Newcastle to Edinburgh ride has so far raised nearly £2.5k toward our chosen charities. 
 
If you would like to donate please visit our Virgin Giving page http://bit.ly/2uGfNLX. Alternatively, you can visit the Virgin Giving site and search for ‘Psigma’. We are very grateful for all of your support.
 
Psigma Rides Cherbourg to Rouen - June 2017

Over three days from 1st June, 12 Psigma colleagues were challenged to cycle nearly 300 km from Cherbourg to Rouen in order to raise funds for our three chosen charities. They did so with typical grit, determination, and a touch of ‘je ne sais quoi’…
 
After the ferry journey to Cherbourg, Day 1 saw the Psigma peloton traverse the Normandy coast. The sun was out, as the riders started to eat up the miles.

The team were supported and motivated by a support team ‘par excellence’. Our CEO and Chair of Trustees Mr. John Howard-Smith helped nourish our riders with home-made stir fry’s and steak sandwiches whilst our very own ‘white van men’, Mr. Adam Side and Mr. Rupert Hunter supported with provided the team of riders with motivation, repairs, navigation and much needed banter. They also provided the team back in ‘Blighty’ with witty correspondence live from the field!

Day 2 was a full day of cycling, again fortune favoured the brave and the peloton managed to stay one step ahead of the thunderstorms forecast along the way.  A slight detour (through a field) and a briefly lost rider were the only hiccups of the day.

Day 3 and the riders were on the ‘road to Rouen’; following a tough morning with some brutal climbs and colder weather the peloton achieved their target by mid-afternoon, and could enjoy their well-deserved lemonades! in the town square.

All riders are now safely back ensconced in the office, and the Psigma Foundation is glad to report that a current total of nearly £6,000 has been raised as a result of the event. On behalf of RESTART, NAIT Babies, and Cure Parkinson’s Trust we’d like to thank you all for your generous donations.

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This year's fund raising
 
Psigma's Marathon Men 2017
 
On Sunday 23 April, three brave souls from Psigma’s London office; Harry Schofield, Andy Bresnahan and Nathan Hull all donned their trainers and took to the streets for the Virgin London Marathon. They ran to raise funds for a number of good causes including the Psigma Foundation.
 
What followed was a mixture of elation, despair and pain only made more bearable by spectators and volunteers lining the streets to call their names. Harry crossed the line first taking just 4 hours 25 minutes, followed by Andy Bresnahan at 4 hours 42 minutes, but our bravery award went to Nathan Hull who ruptured his knee at mile three only to soldier on and walk the remaining 23 miles to raise fund funds for Age UK Essex. We are sure they will be hugely grateful for his stoic efforts.
 
In total they raised funds totalling over £10,000.
 
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Virgin London Marathon 2017.
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'Sleep Out' for Restart Lives
 
On Thursday, 9th March 25 people ‘Slept Out’ in order to raise much needed funds and build awareness of Restart Lives.
 
A group of 25 volunteers slept outside at St Augustine Queens Gate, Kensington  with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a mat made out of plastic bags…
A big thank you for all the support and donations received for the Sleep Out event! The amount raised exceeds £2000.
 
As an inaugural event for the charity, it turned out to be a very successful night. There’s easily room for double the number of sleepers, so next year will be even bigger. If you’re interested please keep in touch and look out for updates.
 
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Charity Darts
 
In May, 17 teams of Psigma employees took to the oche to compete in the inaugural Psigma Foundation Darts Tournament. All had the Championship Shield in their sights as well as the glory of being crowned winners.
 
The event was a huge success and we are pleased to have raised over £1,600 for the Foundation. It was a fantastic night for both players and spectators alike.
Charity Football Tournament, Coram’s Field.
 
On August 3rd, four teams took part in a 5-A-Side Charity Football tournament to help Tom Becket, Psigma CIO celebrate twelve years at Psigma. All monies raised were donated to the Foundation.
 
The weather was superb for supporters, who gently sipped a cool beer whilst watching many a ‘trip, slip and the occasional goal’.  However, the beating sun resulted in an excessive amount of huffing and puffing amongst the participants and led to the number of players per team being increased (to reduce the running) and later halves shortened (again to reduce running)!
 
It was a great evening with team  Psigma Academical’s raising the ‘cup’.
 
Our sincere thanks to everyone for their generous donations. At the last count we raised a fantastic £1426.
 
Charity Pub Quiz
 
On Thursday 3rd November over 70 of our colleagues participated in an 8 round pub quiz, raffle and small auction at the Walkabout Bar on the Embankment. All monies raised were donated to the Foundation to be split between the three causes we are supporting.
 
The atmosphere was electric, with our CEO John Howard-Smith playing the quizmaster alongside Tim Gregory, who were kept busy hosting whilst trying to control the highly competitive, and occasionally unruly, contestants.
 
The night was a great success with ‘Team Useless’ taking the title and some well-deserved kudos. At the latest count we’d raised £1,252, which is a great achievement.
 
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Last year's achievements
 
Last year, our colleagues participated in a number of gruelling activities from triathlons to Iron Man competitions to raise money for our nominated charities. The culimination was our corporate challeage that took place in September and saw a team of 11 steely Psigma cyclists and three enthusiastic support van drivers complete the Waterloo (London) to Waterloo (Belgium) bike ride.
 
Travelling 350km and burning around 12,000 calories, they endured mixed cycling conditions, a few minor dramas and had a lot of fun on the way. Most importantly however, with help from friends, family and colleagues we raised a total of over £8,000.
 
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