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Oxford Innovation gives back to the community (once again!)

Oxford Innovation and SQW Group staff are continuing to support the community, fundraising and doing something challenging and new at the same time, as part of the company’s Charity Days scheme.

Steps that count

Our Head Office Manager Heidi Parker has taken part in the Walk 1000 Miles Challenge and has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Charity.

She’s covered most of her miles by walking to work and on weekend trips. Heidi has also walked up Kinder Scout and most recently – Ben Nevis!

As Heidi puts it: “It was mentally and physically enduring but all met with a great sense of achievement! It was the most inspiring and breath-taking journey I have embarked on in my life and all for a very good cause, Macmillan Cancer”.

In total, Heidi has raised £390 which is 195% of her £200 target!

You can still help Heidi to raise even more through this link.



Caring for the community

Kathryn Seys, SQW Group’s Head of HR, has volunteered at O'Hanlon House, which  is run by Homeless Oxfordshire and is a 56-bed hostel for homeless people and also provides a drop-in day service.  Anyone who lives or works in Oxford will be aware of the huge homelessness problem the city has, and O'Hanlon House is an invaluable place to help people to get off the streets and into accommodation, and hopefully employment of their own.

Kathryn helped out with the lunchtime shift in the kitchen, organising the store cupboard and washing and drying up. Lunch that day featured chicken pasta bake, fishcakes, chips and mushy peas dessert and fruit. The kitchen is run by a professional cook and volunteers help out during the week with the lunchtime and evening shifts.

Kathryn said that she really enjoyed her time there and will definitely be doing some more shifts.

To make a donation to Homeless Oxfordshire or to learn more about what they do, please click on this link.

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