In December 2017 Ogilvie Fleet took the decision to support a number of nominated charities chosen by each of their teams in lieu of providing corporate Christmas gifts. In response to this the Ogilvie Fleet Southern Sales Team nominated the London based charity for the homeless, Shelter from the Storm as their chosen beneficiary.
This year the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest official figures. An estimated 4,795 people are bedding down outside in 2017, according to the snapshot survey, an increase of 16% on the previous year’s figure of 4,134, and more than double the 2010 figure and London accounts for over 23% of this figure.
Co-founded in 2007 by Sheila Scott in response to her recognition of the homeless issue in her Borough of Islington. Shelter from the Storm has grown from a small group of homeless guests seeking shelter in a local church to where it is today helping more than 40 guests with overnight shelter, food and advice, 365 days of the year.
Based in Islington, North London Shelter from the Storm help a broad spectrum of people who have fallen on hard times. Whether it’s an ex squaddie with post-traumatic stress compounded by alcoholism, a domestic worker kept in slavery or a young person thrown out by their family for being gay, or someone may have simply fallen through the cracks of society each guest is treated as an individual by a team of willing volunteers. With amazing skill, experience and love, they pick up the pieces from the human fallout; be it finding a doctor, a counsellor, a lawyer, training, a job. Each evening the guests sit down to eat together; a simple ritual for most, but for many of the guests at Shelter from the Storm this will be the first time they’ve experienced such an event since they left home.
The charity’s mission is simple - to house and support the homeless in London whoever they are.
It costs just £18 per guest per day to provide a warm bed, breakfast, a hot evening meal and a range of services including – laundry, showers, counselling, and legal clinic
Shelters from the Storm do not receive any funds or grants from Government bodies and relies entirely on generous donations to survive. Everything donation is used purely to keep offering their services to those who need them.
The directors and staff from Ogilvie Fleet are delighted to announce the four charities we will be supporting this Christmas, in lieu of our usual corporate gifts.
Each office has selected a local charity to make a donation to and help them to continue the critical work each of them does.
The four charities we have selected are:
Start Up Stirling Start Up Stirling has been supporting local people in need since 1994. The project is focussed on relieving poverty, suffering and distress of people in crisis across Stirlingshire through food banks, helper packs including essential household items and financial support.
Shelter from the Storm Shelter from the Storm’s Mission is to house and support the homeless in London whoever they are, wherever they come from. Our vision is of a society where charities like Shelter from the Storm are no longer necessary, through rehousing, employment & training and health & wellbeing.
MNDA The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning. There are around 5,000 people with MND in the UK at any one time, for which there is no cure.
Cash for Kids Northern Ireland Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in communities throughout NI so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Grants are given to children’s charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to provide essential care and support.
Managing Director Gordon Stephen commented on the four organisations we are supporting: “We have decided this year to support some local and national organisations and are extremely happy with the charities that our teams have chosen. They are all doing some fantastic work in a range of areas and we are more than happy to help them in the run up to Christmas. We normally send out corporate gifts to our clients, but we are sure they will agree this is a very worthwhile alternative this year.”
Members of staff from across the Ogilvie Group in Stirling also came together to donate food and other essential items to helps with Start-up Stirling's Christmas appeal.
Some of the Ogilvie team collecting and delivering essential items to Start Up Stirling
Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s leading contract hire and leasing companies, are celebrating a 10 year partnership with the Sheffield Steelers. Ogilvie opened an office in Chapeltown a decade ago as a customer service and sales base for the north of England with just 6 members of staff. That number has now risen to over 30, with 5 of the original 6 still employed by Ogilvie.
Ogilvie’s long-standing relationship with the Steelers has included shirt sponsorship, dasher boards and sponsored games, with this year’s support including the warm-up shirts and the Ogilvie logo on the ice. Ogilvie Fleet also provide the player’s cars that fans will have seen around the arena on a game day.
Nick Hardy, Sales and Marketing Director at Ogilvie and Steelers fan, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have supported the Steelers throughout the last 10 years and are looking forward to what the future brings. Our sponsorship has given us some great exposure and our sponsored games are always great fun for both clients and staff. We have built a great bond with hockey fans throughout the country with our support of other teams close to our regional offices included the Belfast Giants and Braehead Clan, which makes for some very interesting games for us!”