Employees at BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor, raised £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust tracking their fitness, meditation, and volunteer hours during their atlasGO one-month challenge. They were able to engage more than 160 employees from their 14 offices scattered across the UK and Ireland.
Divided into teams, staff chose a variety of activities to engage their diverse workforce: walking, running, biking, yoga, meditation, Zumba, swimming, tennis, golf, gym workouts, boxing, martial arts, table tennis, spinning, gardening, squash, pilates, trampoline, netball, HIIT, rugby, rowing, climbing, and volunteering! A little something for everyone.
The best employee engagement challenges are those with great leadership buy-in. Stephen Welton, CEO of BGF, was a great supporter of the challenge and said:
“It’s been fantastic to see the teamwork and collaboration across the BGF teams this October as we walked, ran, and volunteered together for such a worthy cause. I had the honor of visiting one of the Teenage Cancer Trust wards at University College Hospital during our fundraiser to talk about their important work and how contributions like ours will impact children and young adults diagnosed with cancer. It has been an inspiring and impressive month, and I’m incredibly proud of everyone at BGF for all of their efforts.”
When it comes to the impact of these employee engagement challenges, it’s essential to choose the right cause. BGF chose the Teenage Cancer Trust because they are “the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer, but we’re still not able to reach everyone who needs us and are reliant on the generosity of partners such as BGF to help us grow our vital services.”
The impact of these challenges goes beyond the donation and awareness building that’s being raised, as it positively influences the workforce as it did for Nicole.
Nicole Peirce, Personal Assistant for BGF’s Reading team, raised more than £480 for the charity. “This was a brilliant opportunity to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and getting active in the process. Although exercise is part of my everyday lifestyle, I found ways to volunteer in my local area, as well as push myself further with long distance running and spinning. Being put in a team with a mix of colleagues across different regions really generated a great collaborative spirit and fun competitiveness, whilst raising lots of money for such a worthwhile cause.”