Working within the community is far more than a set objective we need to fulfil - it's part of who we are. The ethos of giving something back to the community began 30 years ago in Sheffield, and continues at our overseas sites in Strasbourg, Chicago, Kobe, Ontario, Warsaw, Aßlar and New Delhi today.

The Gripple Foundation

The Gripple Foundation is a progression of our former Charities Team and is now responsible for all Gripple charity and community activity.

We annually donate a percentage of our profits to charity and the Gripple Foundation meets regularly to discuss fundraising events and decide which worthy causes may benefit from future funding.

The main aims of the Gripple Foundation are to

  • Support smaller, lesser known local charities as well as larger national charities.
  • Fundraise for our chosen Charity of the Year.
  • Get involved with ‘people power’ projects and encourage people to volunteer.
  • Form long standing community partnerships

The Gripple Foundation operates globally, with members elected to be site representatives.

Gripple Charity of the Year

Our chosen charity of the year for 2024 is Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

They YAA operates two helicopters, serving the whole of Yorkshire, providing rapid response and critical care to those who need it most. Whether responding to medical emergencies, accidents, or trauma incidents, YAA ensures that highly skilled medical teams reach patients quickly, often making the difference between life and death. The charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 3 million acres.

It is a common misconception that our Yorkshire Air Ambulance service has government funding and falls under the NHS. However, YAA is an independent charity that relies heavily on the generosity of the public and organisations to keep the service active. £19,000 is the daily cost to keep both their rapid response air ambulances in the air.

We are proud to be able to show our support of this exceptional charity, which provides such a vital and life saving service in our region. 

Gripple and the Community

We have recently organised a river clean up and litterpick close to our sites with large groups of our volunteers getting involved, as part of our commitment to sustainability.

We’re dedicated to helping charities that offer support, advice and activities to local people. We are currently supporting SAGE Greenfingers, a charity that offers therapeutic horticulture programmes for people whose lives are greatly impacted by mental illness. We are also continuing our support of Ethel and, more recently, Pearl barges which provide residential canal and river experiences for the most disadvantaged groups in South Yorkshire.

"Everyone at Ethel felt quite humbled by the enormous effort. What a wonderful group of people you are."

Enable ‘People Power’ Project

Enable Sheffield is a charity based training organisation for people with disabilities. Their aim is to offer quality care and learning opportunities to meet individual needs. They offer support and encouragement in living, social and practical skills to help people with learning disabilities enjoy independent lifestyles.

Enable recently obtained a large house which they will use to teach practical life skills. This building is in addition to their current community centre which is used to teach a range of skills such as crafting and computing, as well as being a social place for people to meet up. A large team of our volunteers worked at renovating all rooms in the house and landscaped the large garden area.

Fundraising Driven by our People

Our people organise a multitude of events every year in support of a wide range of charities, including our charity of the year. Recent events have included sponsored sky dives, a bungee jump, a boxing match and even making smoothies powered by cycling

Here you can view our 2023 charity activity review.

UK Charity Review 2023

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