HTC’s Charity Support
The HTC Team is always very eager to support worthy initiatives and we are always on the lookout for great causes to which we could contribute. Whether it’s a product donation or doing something funny to raise the funds, we’re always happy to help. Below you can see the multiple projects we got involved in over the last few years.
HTC Health Charity Support
As usual HTC Health Team joins in the festive fun on Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day!
On Friday 14th December, many people in the UK join in the tradition of wearing their brightest, funniest, craziest Christmas jumpers, all to make the world better with the sweater! Getting in the Christmas spirit with our daftest woollies, we’re always happy to support great initiatives like this one from Save The Children.
On 30th of November representatives of the HTC team took part in a fabulous charity event at The Roundhouse, Camden, to support Superdrug’s efforts in raising funds for their charity partner – Marie Curie.
The SuperTropic Ball gathered Superdrug’s suppliers, employees and VIP guests, who had an amazing opportunity to enjoy an immersive exotic paradise created on the night, with various attractions including live performers, interactive entertainment and brand activations.
HTC was delighted to once again take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan are a fantastic charity who help people facing cancer find the best way through the challenges they face.
The event took place on Friday 29th September, with each member of the HTC team getting involved and putting their baking skills to the test.
Fridays tend to be casual at the HTC office, but Jeans for Genes Day is the only day, when you can catch our team sporting double or even triple denim looks!
Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.
HTC Health has yet again donated our supplements to support the charity organisation, Mama Biashara.
Mama Biashara is an organisation that has been involved in working with the very poorest of families in slum areas across Kenya since 2006. The charity provides grants to marginalised people in Kenya so they can set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. Mama Biashara also provides medical clinics and advice for those with no way to pay the 80p it costs to see a hospital doctor. In August we have donated Flaxseed Oil, Calcium, Vitamin C and Fish Oil to the Kenyan based charity.
We have been long term supporters of Mama Biashara, having donated various supplements in the past to aid small communities in Nairobi. We hope that this donation will inspire more people to support Mama Biashara’s work, helping them to deliver lasting change. We take our corporate social responsibility seriously, so have built an ongoing partnership with this inspiring charity which continues to deliver tangible benefits to communities in Kenya.
On the 26th of July suppliers and partners of Holland and Barrett gathered in the fabulous Celtic Manor in Wales to take part in the Holland and Barrett Charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner.
The funds raised on the day were donated to Holland & Barrett’s Healthy Hope charity, which was set up in 2014 to support a number of initiatives throughout the UK with the key focus on health and well-being, education relating to health and the protection and improvement of the environment. The other beneficiary of the annual H&B’s charity Ball is Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough, who provides help and support to families and children suffering from life threatening or terminal illness.
Following an encounter with a missionary priest, who had been working in the desert area of Kenya, HTC Group’s Chairman, Gerry Olohan, decided to get involved in a local football league project that keeps the kids active and engages local community. And so he reached out to the European football clubs the kids so admire and asked them to donate some of their branded gear.
For now, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United Football Clubs have donated sets of their clothing kits, saying they were very happy to help the kids. HTC organised the shipping and the young players were absolutely ecstatic to receive the sets consisting of the team shirts, shorts and socks. We also donated some of our products, like our best-selling Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin C tablets, to support healthy development of the young players
Sport Relief is when the British public comes together to get active, raise money and change lives. It is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. With so many people participating in this amazing initiative, we had to get involved too!
This year we combined few different ideas to make the most of our Sports Relief fundraising. In addition to an amazing bakesale organised as usual by our Star Baker Clare, we had a sporting contest, with few different challenges set out. Comic Relief, the charity behind the Sport Relief initiative, uses all the raised funds to support over 2,000 projects on the ground, here in the UK and across the world.
HTC Health has decided to get involved in a charitable initiative to gather funds for Jonathan Sheldon, suffering from M.E. and Addison’s disease, by donating some of our bestselling products to be auctioned off at a fundraising event.
Our Fish Oil capsules were auctioned off during a health themed event organised by Jonathan’s family. The proceeds went directly towards training of the lifesaving medical detection dog, who can alert Jonathan when his cortisol levels are low, so he can take appropriate medication to avoid a potentially fatal episode. His ‘super dog’ is truly one of a kind, being dual trained to smell cortisol and glucose levels in the owner’s bloodstream, he’s the first such dog in the world.
Every year Macmillan Cancer Support organises an event called Coffee Morning – their most important fundraising initiative for people facing cancer.
As usual, we join hundreds of others all over the UK, hosting their own Coffee Mornings and donating on the day to Macmillan. The money raised during the event are spent on providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those facing cancer, as well as campaigning for better cancer care.
A firm favourite in HTC’s calendar every year, the Holland & Barrett Charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner took place on the 26th of July in the prestigious Celtic Manor in Wales, giving suppliers and partners of Holland & Barrett the chance to raise funds for an incredible cause.
Funds raised were donated to Holland & Barrett’s Healthy Hope charity which was set up in 2014 to help give something back to local and national charities. The charity supports more than 50 initiatives throughout the UK to date. Two of the major beneficiaries of the charity event were Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People based in Loughborough, who provide support to families and children suffering from life threatening or terminal illness.
Again this year, with our red noses on, we joined the rest of the UK in celebrating Red Nose Day and fundraising for Comic Relief.
Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something fun to raise awareness and fundraise for children in poverty around the world.
We are delighted to continue our support for an amazing charity, which is Mama Biashara. We donated another batch of products that was sent to Kenya and distributed among those who needed them the most.
Mama Biashara offers small grants to set up businesses allowing women to support themselves and their children, providing a roof over their heads, food and even – in time – education. With financial independence these families have a future. And, according to the rules of Mama Biashara, a future in which they work to help others in the community who, as they once were, are in dire need.
HTC donated some Evening Primrose Oil and Glucosamine to Monkey World; a chimpanzee rescue centre, based in Wareham, Dorset. Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.
The staff at Monkey World do a fantastic job of providing the animals with the best possible food, enrichment and lifestyle they deserve, which is why we were delighted to donate some of our supplements to help the wonderful work they do protecting our wildlife.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long. It passes through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall, and in 2016, HTC’s former Managing Director, Bez, took part in it!
Bez ran to raise money for OCD UK, a very small charity that has helped one million children and adults who suffer from this debilitating disorder. Unlike larger charities, OCD-UK only receive one guaranteed place in the London Marathon every four years, so Bez’s sponsor page was the only fundraising it received from such a huge event.
On 3rd October the HTC team pushed themselves to the limit at the ‘Push it for the Peace’ obstacle run in memory of our late Managing Director Trish Demirag, who passed away in 2013.
‘Push it for the Peace’ was back for a 4th year and with a brand new location it featured an even wetter and muddier epic 5 mile cross country route, with over 30 massive obstacles to climb, crawl, swing and splash through. Our HTC team was made up of 15 staff members and their families, giving a wide range of ages and fitness levels, therefore they really had to work as a team to get each other round this tough course in memory of our previous M.D. Trish Demirag. During her final months, staff from The Peace Hospice gave Trish and her family enormous support, so now the HTC staff and her family wanted to give something back so others could also benefit from their work
We are delighted to continue our support for an amazing charity, which is Mama Biashara. From our donation of health supplements, we were able to support at risk populations in Kenya, providing them with lifesaving vitamins and minerals which give them a chance for a brighter future.
Apart from helping out by delivering medical supplies to the locals, Mama Biashara charity is focused primarily on supporting the Kenyans in setting up businesses that help provide for their families and create a better future for the whole communities.
A new non-profit organization has joined a circle of charities benefiting from our product donations. In April we donated a significant amount of our products to “Yes to Life – your options for cancer”.
Yes to life offers support to people with cancer who want to take a proactive role in their treatment. They help UK cancer patients in taking an integrative approach to their treatment, combining best solutions from complementary and alternative medicine with standard treatments, to widen the choice, extend care and improve results of their patients.
As usual, in March every other year, HTC team joins the rest of the UK in their support for Comic Relief and puts the Red Noses on!
Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the world. They fund more than 2,000 projects, throughout the UK, addressing a range of issues, from homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people. Across Africa, their programs tackle issues such as immunisation, malaria, education, maternal health and many others. Since its inception in 1988, the Red Nose Day has raised more than £800 million, making it one of the biggest events on the charity calendar.