Our Charity of the Year for 2023 is Rainbow Trust
In the Community
At Gatehouse Bank, we are committed to giving back. We do this through corporate giving, volunteering and staff fundraising.
Our activities in the community are focused on making a positive difference to some of the UK’s most pressing social and environmental needs, including inequality and climate change.
We are pleased to have selected Rainbow Trust as Gatehouse Bank’s Charity of the Year for 2023 and its vital work in supporting families who have a child under the age of 18 with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
Rainbow Trust provides practical and emotional support for these families, supporting the entire family through measures such as listening to their fears, keeping a child company during hospital stays, and organising activities for sick children and their siblings.
We are proud to have supported food redistribution charity, FareShare, as the Bank’s Charity of the Year for 2022 and the brilliant work this charity does to address food waste and hunger.
In the UK, 8.4 million people are struggling to afford to eat and at the same time, enough good food for 1.3 billion meals goes to waste each year, contributing to climate change. FareShare’s innovative approach takes surplus food and gets it to people who need it.
Throughout the year, the Bank’s staff engaged in numerous fundraising efforts, managing to raise over £10,000 in aid of FareShare.
Our 2022 Charity of the Year was FareShare
Roger Evans, Thomas Humphreys, Rachel Hunter and Paul Jones fundraised by challenging themselves to walk a combined total of one million steps.
Our colleague, Ben Pearce-Fulker, completed the 5K Forest Runner 2022 at Salcey Forest to fundraise for FareShare.
Our Head of Acquisitions, John Coles, ran the Budapest Marathon in under 3 hours 30 minutes!
Our CEO, Charles Haresnape, virtually rowed the English Channel in 2 hours and 48 minutes in aid of FareShare!
A group of colleagues from the Customer team embarked on the Jubilee Walk to fundraise for FareShare.
Colleagues in our London office took part in a bingo fundraising tournament.
Our colleagues selected Centrepoint as Gatehouse Bank’s 2021 Charity of the Year because of the fantastic work this leading charity does to support social mobility and access to housing in the UK. From housing and health to learning and engagement, Centrepoint helps vulnerable young people move on from homelessness and build a future they can believe in.
Our 2021 Charity of the Year was Centrepoint
Our colleagues swapped beds for sleeping bags at Centrepoint’s Sleep Out in November, so that homeless young people can wake up to change.
Chiltern Hills Challenge
In September 2021, colleagues from across the Bank were delighted to take part in the Chiltern Hills Challenge, walking 25km and raising over £3,900 for Centrepoint.
Pizza making challenge
With the help of Pizza Pilgrims, our colleagues enjoyed the challenge of baking margherita pizzas from scratch, virtually with each other in June and donated to Centrepoint to participate. Our pizzas may not have been the best looking, but they were sure delicious!
Marching out in March
In March, our colleagues marched out to raise money for young people. Our colleagues collectively walked 16 million steps for Centrepoint’s Move in March fundraising challenge. Check out some creative snaps of the Gatehouse logo out and about on their walks.
Gatehouse says “thank you”
In February, the Bank launched its online thank you platform, where colleagues can send a thank you e-card to anyone in the bank to show their appreciation while we are working remotely. The Bank donated £5 to Centrepoint for every thank you card sent.
Our community approach throughout the difficulties of 2020 aimed to be local and responsive. We are proud to be part of a responsible banking community responding to the needs of society during Covid-19, providing flexible support for any customers facing financial hardship and supporting our local NHS trusts with donations during the crisis and time off for colleagues to donate blood.
Our Charity of the Year for 2019/20 was Macmillan Cancer Support. Our committed colleagues ran marathons, hosted bake sales, participate in quizzes — and more — to raise vital funds to support Macmillan’s work providing specialist health care and advice for those suffering from cancer.
After the success of our first virtual quiz, Gatehouse colleagues got together in Autumn again for Macmillan Cancer support. It was a hugely popular and we had a record of 16 teams participate!
We wanted to make sure our 2020 Charity Partner Macmillan received vital funding during lockdown so hosted a virtual fundraising quiz with staff from all our offices.
Colleagues in our Milton Keynes office dust off their aprons for the Macmillan Coffee morning to eat cake and donate!
Colleagues in our London office tuck into delicious baking for the Macmillan coffee morning.
Every year, 164,782 people in the UK die from Cancer. To show their support, our Marketing and Comms team challenged themselves to fundraise and walk 18,309 steps each – completing a combined total 178,082 steps in a day.
Gatehouse CEO Charles Haresnape with Dave from Macmillan, at our 2019 summer event – an all staff fundraising sports day.
Ramesh from Gatehouse fundraising for Macmillan at the South Coast Challenge.