In 2017, VGC will support the Samaritans

Samaritans support anyone struggling to cope with what life has thrown at them. Volunteers are available 24 hours a day:

  • face-to-face (there are 201 branches in the UK and Ireland)
  • by email to
  • SMS
  • telephone on 116 123. (This number is free to call and won’t show up on a phone bill.)


VGC staff raised a total of just over £12,700 for cancer charity Bloodwise

Staff decided to continue their support for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) throughout 2016.

“The charity committee was delighted at how willingly people gave their time and money for this excellent cause,” said Ciara Pryce, VGC Group Services Director. “We lost one of our colleagues to blood cancer during 2014, and we all wanted to support Bloodwise in his memory.”

Fundraising activities

2016 saw dress down (or up) days, a charity golf day at Pedham Place golf club, an Easter egg hunt, International Food day, Theresa’s charity haircut – which raised £711 – and a karaoke evening at the LNER social club.

In 2015 staff raised nearly £2,000 through dress down days, an Easter egg hunt, a fold day, charity fundraising week (including a ‘guess the baby’ photo competition) and a company race night.

golf course and charity flag

three before-and-after baby photos
Kimberley, John and Laura and their baby photos


Activities in 2014 raised over £4K




Bloodwise is dedicated to research into improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Over 30,000 people of all ages are diagnosed in the UK with blood cancers every year and the research undertaken by the charity is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for blood cancer patients so that all patients are given the best possible chance of survival.