Category Archives: Charities

Winter raffle in aid of Mind

Each year, the entire Ground Control team comes together for our annual Winter Conference, to discuss company-wide and divisional issues, celebrate successes, and discuss plans for the future.

At this year’s conference, we held a raffle where we were delighted to raise £2009 for our chosen charity, Mind.

1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. Despite this it is estimated only 25% of people suffering with mental health problems receive support each year, leaving hundreds of thousands struggling.

Mind is a charity working to change all that by providing advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, while also campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mental health problems don’t disappear over Christmas. For many people, they get worse. Help us make sure nobody has to cope alone.


Christmas Jumper Day

Ground Control get in the festive spirit, raising £293.40 for Save the Children!

Save the Children is a worldwide charity who run world-class programmes to save children’s lives and challenge world leaders to keep to their promises to give children a brighter future.


Ground Control ‘Wear it Pink’ for Breast Cancer Now

Ground Control raised £560 for Breast Cancer Now; as part of their ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign which aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, with one in eight women diagnosed with the condition in their lifetimes. But if symptoms are caught early enough treatments can be very effective. That’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important.

Since Breast Cancer Now’s first event in 2002, over £30 million has been raised for life-saving research. Research that’s working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.

Wear it Pink 2017


Charity GOAL for Ground Control

Ground Control Football Team - Raising money for Mind BasildonGround Control, has this month raised £1,428 for Mind Basildon as part of big sports fundraiser.

Mind offers support and advice to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, while also campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.  To fulfil its aims at a local level Mind works in partnership with over 140 independently run Mind charities spread across England and Wales, each of which work to ensure everyone gets the help they need by providing tailored mental health services specific to each local community. As each local Mind works undependably each must raise their own funds in order to provide these services.

Dedicated to raising awareness and funds for mental health, Ground Control staff members arranged a charity 11-a-side football match at local Hannakins Farm, which saw more than 60 spectators come together to support the teams and chosen charity, Mind.

Also on the day, Ground Control staff followed the sports theme, attending work as scuba divers, golfers, cheerleaders, football players, climbers and more. All staff came together at lunchtime for ‘A Question of Sport’ quiz, complete with mystery guest round.

Winter Maintenance Operations Manager James Harris, who led the arrangements of the day commented; “This was our biggest fundraising event yet. A combination of the quiz, fancy dress, the football match and the generous staff at Ground Control has raised over £1400! I would like to thank everyone that was part of, or contributed to a really fun day.”

Lisa Wingrave, General Manager at Mind Basildon commented; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Ground Control for the support.  Basildon Mind now receives no funding from the CCG’s so all donations are greatly appreciated and go towards our continued support of people with mental health difficulties in the local area, the money raised from the football match will go to our Youth Counselling Service which is totally unfunded and can only continue to run on donations and fundraising.”

Ground Control team raise £1,428 for Mind Basildon


Ground Control join Essex Wildlife Trust for cake bake fundraiser

Last month, Ground Control took part in Essex Wildlife Trust’s Great Garden Cake Bake fundraiser. With great involvement from the whole team at Ground Control’s HQ in Billericay, 15 bakers took part, bringing some very colourful and inventive cakes along to sell, raising a fantastic £320 including Ground Control’s match funding! All bakers were given wildflower seeds and herb plants on the day as thanks for their efforts.

Keen baker and wildlife enthusiast; Business Analyst Amanda Fallan, was delighted to get involved; “It was a brilliant day, bringing the whole team together in the name of wildlife, and cake of course! We really enjoyed it; a great opportunity to raise money for Essex Wildlife in our 11th year of membership.”

Ground Control take part in Essex Wildlife Trust - Bake Sale


30-strong Ground Control team take part in charity Race4Business

Ground Control team at Birketts' Race4Business in aid of SNAPOn 15th June, we took part in Birketts’ annual Race4Business, tackling the 3.5m run amidst the heatwave to raise money for SNAP!

We have been taking part in the annual Race4Business event for 10 years, raising money for many different charities. This year’s event took place on Thursday 15th June to help raise funds for SNAP, which is the chosen charity for this event for 2017. All proceeds from the race will be helping them provide life-changing support to Essex families affected by disability. Our efforts will help SNAP with its vital and ongoing drive to ‘Strengthen Families’ by providing specialist training talks and activity sessions.

In total, we raised a fantastic £1046.60 for this very deserving charity; from the race entry fees and sponsorship money from our recent client golf day.


Ground Control team at Race4Business 2017


Wear a Hat Day – Brain Tumour Research

Ground Control take part in Wear a Hat Day as part of Brain Tumour Awareness monthOn Friday 31st March, we celebrated ‘Wear a Hat Day’ as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month!

We raised a fantastic £832.64 for this very worthy charity! From cake sales, pin badges and wristbands, to our lunchtime quiz which was held at HQ…many thanks to all the team for taking part!

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable! As the only national charity dedicated to funding long-term, sustainable research in the UK, Brain Tumour Research needs our help.

This is a charity very close to our hearts. Very sadly, Team Leader, Trevor Johnson recently lost his grandson to this terrible disease. In his memory, we wanted to support Trevor in helping fund ongoing research to save the lives of others.

For more information, visit: https://www.braintumourresearch.org

Wear A Hat Day 2017



Blue Monday

Mind logoOn Monday 16th January, we beat the blues by wearing our PJ’s at HQ in aid of our chosen charity, Mind.

The 3rd Monday of January every year has been labelled ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year. Not succumbing to the blues, we all kept our PJ’s on for work raising money, and awareness for the brilliant charity, Mind, which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. For more info, please visit http://www.mind.org.uk/

On the day, we provided breakfast for all at HQ and enjoyed a ‘duvet day’ in the office. In total, we raised £706! Huge thanks to the team for supporting this worthy cause.

Supporting Mind, a charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.


Ground Control Sponsors Local Christmas Market

On Sunday 4th December, we were very proud to sponsor Billericay’s Christmas Market, selling poinsettia plants and mistletoe throughout the day in aid of Little Havens Hospice.

Held annually in Billericay High Street, the market draws thousands of Essex residents to enjoy a day of festive fun.

We were delighted to raise £535.50, which Ground Control has match funded to total £1035.50. All funds raised have been donated to Little Haven’s Hospice, a local charity which cares for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Ground Control sponsor local Billericay Christmas Market



Macmillan Coffee Morning – Great Ground Control Bake Off!

On Friday 30th September, we joined the country celebrating Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.  This year, we held out very own Great Ground Control Bake Off, with the theme of Mad Hatters Tea Party!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK host coffee mornings and donate to Macmillan, with last year’s total reaching £25 million!! This helped fund 474 Macmillan nurses for a year, so it really does make a difference.

We raised a fantastic £774.92 for the very deserving charity!

Our trusty judges were Dereka Symes, Peter Brown, Sam Merriday and Barry Sage, rating cakes for appearance and taste. Our winner for appearance was Amy Tansley, with Michael Legon taking the prize for the tastiest cake, and Abee Round taking the lead from our Warrington office.

Our best dressed was Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Natalie & Megan), brilliant outfits!

Ground Control take part in Macmillan Coffee Morning



Ground Control Sponsor Billericay Netball Club

Ground Control sponsorGround Control is delighted to be sponsoring local Billericay Netball Club, since they have moved up into the National Premier Leagues!

The team were promoted officially to a Premier 3 side after a whole weekend of gruelling playoffs. Pictured, the ladies celebrate moving out of the Regional League into the National Premier League. Kellie Barrett, PA to the Board of Directors, plays for the team.

Tina Smith, of the club sent us a lovely email:

“On behalf of Billericay Netball Club I would like to thank you for your very generous Sponsorship.

This will go towards the great expense we now incur being in the Premiership League.  We also have another squad that gained entry into Regional League 3. A great achievement, as we are the only club in Essex to have gained entry into the Premiership with another squad into Regional.   All the girls in our club have worked extremely hard in recent years to get to this level. Hopefully with the help of local company’s like yours and the young talented players we have joining the club, we will be able to remain at this level for the foreseeable future.”


Emily Chubb Wing Walks for St Luke’s Hospice!

Our Construction Estimator, Emily Chubb did a Wing Walk on Sunday, raising £1113 for local charity, St Luke’s Hospice!

Ground Control's Emily Chubb takes part in wing walk to raise funds for St Luke's Hospice.

St Luke’s Hospice is a specialist Hospice caring for people with cancer and life limiting illnesses.

A fantastic (and scary!) achievement by Emily, of which Ground Control was delighted to match fund, with all funds going to the very deserving charity.

She’s already itching to do it again. Well done Emily!



Ground Control get muddy for Cancer Research UK

Earlier this month, we all got (extremely!) muddy at the Nuclear Races in aid of Cancer Research UK!

Team GC spent the day completing either 6km or 12km obstacle courses at Brentwood’s Secret Nucear Bunker site. With relentless amounts of mud, and what felt like a million obstacles, our team of 50 all made it over the finish line – raising a fantastic £978 for Cancer Research UK.

It was a brilliant day, with many-a bruised knee and a few cuts along the way; albeit, very enjoyable and for a great cause.

See you next year!


Ground Control tackle the Nuclear Races for Cancer Research UK


Ground Control Supports World Cancer Day

Commercial landscaping company, Ground Control, raise over £1600 for World Cancer Day.

At head office on Thursday, we joined the nation in supporting World Cancer Day. With our chosen theme of Super Heroes and Disney characters, it was fantastic to see so many people dressed up for the cause! Of all the Unity Bands, cakes, sweets, bingo and raffle tickets we sold – in addition to our game of ‘how many marshmallows can you fit in your mouth’ (which Dan Bridgen won hands down, with 15 marshmallows), we raised an astonishing (and GC record breaking!) £1600! £153 of which was from sponsorships for Marcus to be interviewed by Jim and Lisa Wilkinson, the editors of Pro Landscaper, magazine dressed as Captain America!

World Cancer Day


Ground Control wear the wrong trousers to work in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital

Ground Control wear the wrong trousers to work in aid for Great Ormond Street

Last Thursday, we were wearing the wrong trousers in head office to raise money for Great Ormond Street: helping the hospital continue to provide great care to many young children and families.

Great Ormond Street Hospital provides inspirational and world-class care to hundreds of children every day; including some that are close to us at Ground Control. The hospital needs to raise over £50 million every year to help give hope to very sick children and their families.

In aid of GOSH, we fashioned our best ‘wrong trousers’, with many generous donations and a cake sale to raise extra funds for the cause. With our efforts, we raised a total of £720.16!

Communications Manager for Ground Control, Sophie Lyons, said:

“It was fantastic to see so many getting involved to raise money for a great cause. We had an amazing amount of cakes donated for the cake sale, and many funds raised as a result! It’s safe to say, we enjoyed wearing the ‘wrong trousers’ to work, and we are so pleased to have been able to help Great Ormond Street continue doing such a great job caring for many young children and familes.”

Wrong Trousers DayWrong Trousers Day1


Ground Control Race4Business in aid of Age UK Essex

Race4Business at the start!Race4Business Race NumberOn Thursday 18th June 2015, Ground Control took part in the 2015 Birketts’ Race4Business; a 5km run is aid of Age UK Essex. With over 1,200 runners, the money raised from the event was targeted at £25,000!

There were 46 registered runners from Ground Control, our largest group yet! We are delighted to announce that Max Morrish was the fastest male in the Ground Control team, finishing with a time of 22:08, while Sophie Lyons, Communications Manager was the fastest female at 23:26. We even had two runners who completed the race 3-legged, raising an extra £690 for Age UK Essex.

The race kicked off in Chelmsford High Street, before taking a route through the park where we were met by 80 members of community choir: Funky Voices, and later on, a live band, all of which definitely spurred everyone on.

Age UK Essex gives support to all older people in Essex to live fulfilling and enjoyable lives. The charity promotes the wellbeing of people in old age, encouraging them to continue socialising, working and contributing to the community. Often older people are lonely and cut off from society, and Age UK Essex are setting out to change this!

We would like to thank everyone who took part, which is sure to help all those being cared for by Age UK Essex.