Fitwise aims to “Reach for the Best” in giving back to our local community
For Fitwise Management Ltd, we believe Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) really matters. Being one of many small businesses, giving back to our local community is very important to us. We have been exceptionally busy not only for our own work commitments but also what we as a company have managed to achieve as part of our CSR programme. We hope you enjoy browsing this section of our website. To download a copy of our CSR Policy, please CLICK HERE.
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This year we have chosen Carers of West Lothian (Registered Scottish Charity, Scottish Charity No: SC019628) as Fitwise's dedicated local charity of the year.
All proceeds and contributions raised through Fitwise CSR activities in 2018 will go towards Carers of West Lothian, with the purpose of helping those selfless individuals who give their own time to provide care for others.
To learn more about Carers of West Lothian and their West Lothian Young Carers Project please CLICK HERE
Completed Actions 2016
Fitwise Rucksack Project
In November 2016, the team at Fitwise brought together items for the homeless in Edinburgh. Inspired by the Rucksack Project that took place over the years in the United Kingdom, we donated items such as coats, hats, gloves, socks, sanitary items, and toiletries, as well as money towards food. We made up a total of 7 rucksacks, 4 for women and 3 for men. These items were dispersed late November via Salvation Army. We have decided to keep the Rucksack Project going throughout the year with a designated box for the homeless at our offices at Blackburn House. We will continue to fill rucksacks and hand them in to volunteers at the Salvation Army, who will take them through to Edinburgh.
Twin Peaks Challenge
Members of the Fitwise team participated in a Twin Peaks Challenge on Saturday 3rd September 2016 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in West Lothian. The team successfully raised £745. If you would like to see the route the team took, please visit http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/ben-vorlich.shtml
Christmas Raffle for Little Stars
Little STARS is a parent/volunteer-led support group for autism based in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. It was established in 2008 and has grown year on year as demand increases. It continues to grow and now provides regular support to over 100 families affected by autism throughout Lanarkshire.
Little STARS has wonderful volunteers who give up their free time; however, financial help is also needed to allow the group to continue to develop and to help them reach out to families needing their support. Families are empowered by the information, support and signposting provided by Little STARS, the group helps them to be included within society and local community and reduces feelings of isolation, anxiety and fear.
On Friday 15 January 2016, Fitwise raffled off an assortment of chocolates, hampers, and wines in support of Little STARS. With the help of colleagues, friends and family, we raised a record £320 for our annual Christmas raffle. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful cause!
Completed Actions 2015
Local Primary Schools visit Blackburn House
With the help of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Fitwise welcomed students from Blackburn Primary School, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary, and Murrayfield Primary to Blackburn House. The day was aimed to provide stimulating educational activities and opportunities for active learning of Scottish history and local business.
The day included a historical tour of the house by SHBT, a treasure hunt created by Fitwise, and an activity teaching the children how the house is used today. The students designed a new knot garden in the back of the house and was created on the day.
Ben Nevis Climb
On Saturday 12 September 2015, members of the Fitwise team conquered Ben Nevis in support of the Little Stars, a local charity supporting kids with autism. The walk took 7 1/2 hours and with the help of Fitwise colleagues, friends and family, they managed to raise over £500 for Little Stars.
Alzheimer Scotland Memory Walk
Maryann Robinson, Fitwise Events Administrator, took part in this year's Alzheimer Scotland Memory Walk on Sunday 20 September 2015 in Livingston, Scotland. This was a 5.5k walk in support for people affected by dementia in Scotland. Maryann's walk was sponsored, and with the help of the Fitwise staff, friends and family, she raised £240.
To find out more about Alzheimer's Scotland and their Memory Walks, visit http://www.alzscot.org/
Race for Life
This year, some of the Fitwise staff took part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life 5k on Sunday 21 June 2015 in Falkirk. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
Christmas Charity Raffle
Over the festive period, many of the companies and individuals we work with kindly donated Christmas gifts to Fitwise. Following the success of last year’s Christmas raffle, we once again decided to raffle these prizes to our staff and their family members. Funds raised were donated to the Dementia Cafes run in West Lothian by Alzheimer Scotland.
We are pleased to announce that we raised £315, which will go a long way to helping a very worthy, local cause that is very close to the hearts of Fitwise staff. We would like to thank everyone who donated a gift.
It was decided that funds raised by the raffle would be used to purchase items that could be used at the Dementia Cafés. A project lead from Alzheimer’s Scotland advised Fitwise of a number of items that were available from a website which was specifically aimed at producing items for assisting people with Dementia and similar conditions. Items purchased for the cafes included; picture books, jigsaws, games and CDs. Each of these items are themed in a way that is stimulating and enjoyable for people who suffer with Dementia.
In May some members of the Fitwise team visited one of the Dementia Cafés to present the items and to see some of the work that the Cafés do. Team members spent the afternoon meeting some of the attendees and volunteers at the café and trying the new items and activities that our funds raised.
The Fitwise team found the experience of meeting with all the attendees extremely rewarding. It was wonderful to see how the money raised has been beneficial.
Completed Actions 2014
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Every year the Fitwise team fill shoeboxes with toys, games and educational material as part of the Christmas Shoebox appeal for Operation Christmas Child. The appeal, run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse, sends the donated shoeboxes to children in need around the world to open on Christmas Day. This year Fitwise staff successfully filled 13 shoeboxes.
Alzheimer Scotland Sponsored Walk - Completed September 2014
On Saturday 20th September, Fitwise team member MaryAnn Robinson completed a sponsored Memory Walk along the River Almond in West Lothian to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland. She successfully raised over £200 and was extremely pleased with the generous donations everyone made.
Pedal for Scotland - September 2014
On Sunday 7th September members of the Fitwise team and their family members took part in the 47 mile cycle from Glasgow Green to Murryfield Stadium, Edinburgh. For most of the group this was the first time they had completed a cycle of this distance so everyone was nervously excited about taking part. The weather for the cycle was perfect, not too hot or cold and very little wind which made ideal cycling conditions. A group of 9 people took part and we are pleased to say that all 9 finished and thoroughly enjoyed the day. No major mechanical breakdowns apart from a few chains slipping off and the odd seat adjustment, meant the group completed the challenge in a respectable time. The group were encouraged by the number of people out on the streets waving and clapping and thank everyone for their support. The group particularly enjoyed the selection of cakes on sale at the Avon Bridge stop and thank the lovely ladies for their baking. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and one Fitwise hopes to repeat in the future. Money raised from the event went to the STV Appeal, a charity which supports children in Scotland who are affected by poverty. Thanks to Pedal for Scotland for such a well organised and enjoyable event.
Ben Lomond Walk - August 2014
On Saturday 9th August the Fitwise staff and their family took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for two charities which are close to their hearts, Scottish Autism and West Lothian Foodbank. They decided to climb the most southerly of the Munros; Ben Lomond which sits on the edge of Loch Lomond. The mountain totals a height of 974m and the total walk was 7 miles long. Right from the start the walk is very steep and challenged even some of the fittest members of the team who struggled with some of the severe inclines. The weather made the steep walk more enjoyable which was sunny for the most part with a bit of rain as the team were leaving the summit. The walk gave the group fantastic views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas and really showed Scotland at its best. We are pleased to say that all of the group made it to the summit for a well-deserved rest and drink before heading back down to celebrate in the local pub. Funds raised for these two fantastic charities will hopefully go some way towards making a difference to the lives of people living with Autism and people who require the support of foodbanks in the local area.
Cancer Research UK Race for Life - Completed June 2014
On Sunday 8th June Fitwise staff took part in the Cancer Research UK Race For Life event at Falkirk, Callendar Park. In total a group of 13 people took part in the race with five members of the Fitwise staff including Katie Hill, Jennifer Laidler, Katie Laing, Laura McCann
and MaryAnn Robinson plus their friends and family. Everyone completed the 5k challenge, with Laura and Jennifer completing their own personal challenge of jogging the whole distance non-stop. The Group were very fortune with the weather and had glorious sunshine throughout the race which was set within the beautiful surrounding of Callendar Park. The day was emotional and inspiring, hearing and reading everyone's own personal stories of how cancer has affected them was very powerful and made everyone realise the importance of these types of events in fundraising to help find a cure for cancer. Fitwise would like to thank Cancer Research UK for putting on such a fantastic event, everyone who took part are already keen to sign up for Race for Life 2015.
Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal - Completed March 2014
On Sunday 30th March, MaryAnn from the CSR Group helped to raise money for Marie Curie as part of their Great Daffodil Appeal. She was collecting donations at Morrisons in Livingston and she successfully managed to collect £102.52 in just two hours and collectively, the group working at Almondvale Morrisons raised £906.59.
MaryAnn said "People's generosity is amazing and it was quite emotional at times with people sharing their stories about loved ones and their personal journeys with cancer."
The money raised will help the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh provide free hands-on care to people with all terminal illnesses, and will provide vital emotional support for their loved ones.
Pub Quiz - Completed March 2014
On Thursday 20th March, the Fitwise CSR team arranged a Pub Quiz to raise money for Rhys McTaggart. Rhys is a local 2 year-old child who requires treatment in America for a tumour in his brain.
The pub quiz proved to be a great success, there were teams of up to six people and our winners beat off the competition by just 1 point.
We also held a raffle on the night. All quiz and raffle prizes were kindly donated by local businesses. Fitwise would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations and support: Artisan Cheesecakes, Edinburgh Leisure, The Hive soft play and party centre, The Kaim Park Hotel and Restaurant, Tesco, The Five Sisters Zoo and Vue Cinema Livingston.
The combined money from the raffle and quiz entry raised nearly £400, which will go towards helping Rhys and his family to get to America for his treatment.
Completed Actions 2013
Christmas Raffle - Completed December 2013
Every year at Fitwise we are very kindly given a number of Christmas presents, we are always very touched by the generosity we are shown by the companies and individuals we work with who donate them. This year we decided to hold a raffle to give and opportunity for our staff members and their families to win these items.
We are pleased to announce that we successfully raised almost £300 which will be donated to a local charity; Special Olympics Lothian who organise sporting events and coaching for people with learning disabilities. This Charity allows its athletes to be able to choose which sports they would like to participate in from a range of more than 20 summer and winter sports.
- Callum Hill
- James Keogh c/o Robert McGuckinAndy c/o Lynn Ward
- Blair King
- Alan Robinson
- Derrick Lothian
- Jenny Elliot
- Tracy Harrison
- Donna McMinimee c/o Michelle McDougall
- Jennifer Laidler
Christmas Shoebox Appeal – Completed November 2013
Once again, Fitwise took part in the Christmas shoebox appeal. The team filled empty shoeboxes with toys, games, stationary and gifts to be donated to children around the world who are in need for them to open on Christmas day. Altogether, over a dozen boxes were donated to Operation Christmas Child which is the largest children's Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse.
Pedal for Scotland 2013 - Complete September 2013
Members of the team participated in a 51 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh and successfully raised money for Alzheimer Scotland.
Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.
Cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats - Complete June 2013
In June earlier this year, Managing Director John Matthews successfully cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats (892.9 miles) to raise money for his friend Nick who was sadly struck down with cerebral malaria whilst working as an ophthalmic surgeon restoring sight to thousands of people in Malawi.
John successfully raised a massive £15,000! This money will help contribute to some of the costs that Nick faces for his physiotherapy and other care that is essential for his daily life.
Completed Actions 2012
Christmas Shoebox Appeal – Completed December 2012
Team members took part in the Christmas Shoebox appeal by filling up empty shoeboxes with exciting games, treats and educational material which were then donated to children in need around the world to open on Christmas Day. Fitwise successfully donated over a dozen boxes to Operation Christmas Child which is the largest children’s Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse.
Pedal for Scotland 2012 – Completed September 2012
Members of the team participated in a 47 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh and successfully raised money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres.
Maggie’s Cancer Centres help support those affected by cancer. They offer a safe haven for individuals who have just been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment.
Family and friends are often affected by cancer too and Maggie’s is the perfect plan to offer support.
Sponsored 16 Kilometre Walk – Completed August 2012
All team members took part in a sponsored walk for Scottish Autism and the Scottish Mental Health Association. We successfully walked over 16 kilometres and managed to climb the three highest points in West Lothian. The money we have raised has gone to support two remarkable charities.
Local Area Clean Up – Completed April 2012
Our local area clean-up involved all members of staff picking up discarded rubbish that had been left on the grounds at a local college. In conjunction with West Lothian Council, we were able to collect 30 full bags of rubbish and successfully managed to make the area cleaner. We achieved this even with gale force winds and rain.
Work Experience – Completed March 2012
At Fitwise, we know how difficult it can be for young people to find work and having some relevant work experience can be very important as it can help individuals step onto the career ladder. In March 2012, Fitwise facilitated 1 week of work experience for a local school pupil.
We offered this school pupil experience in providing administration support by answering telephone calls, dealing with any queries and assisting with the day-to-day office activities.
Completed Actions 2011
Christmas Shoebox Appeal – Completed December 2011
Team members took part in the Christmas Shoebox appeal by filling up empty shoeboxes with exciting games, treats and educational material which were then donated to children in need around the world to open on Christmas Day. Fitwise successfully donated 30 filled boxes to Operation Christmas Child which is the largest children’s Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse.
Charitable Donation - Completed December 2011
The team at Fitwise all dug deep into our own pockets and donated all Secret Santa and Christmas Card Money to the Macmillan Centre at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian.
The Macmillan Centre at St John’s Hospital, Livingston offers specialist day services to people within West Lothian who are living with a progressive, life limiting illness. Staff members and volunteers endeavour to provide a relaxing and welcoming environment. Our overall aim is to enhance quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team provides a holistic assessment with care planned according to individual requirements.
Donation of Office Materials – Completed Spring 2011
When the sun finally came out, Fitwise encouraged all staff to participate in a spring cleaning, which resulted in surplus office materials being donated to Blackburn Family Centre. We also assisted Blackburn Family Centre by completing an application on their behalf to receive funding to build a garden.
Blackburn Family Centre is located within West Lothian and it aims are to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Blackburn/Seafield and in particular children and their parents/families by advancing education, furthering health and providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation so that the condition of life of the aforementioned children and their parents/families may be improved.