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ESP tries to make a difference to incredible organisations that are doing good in the world, and that need all the support they can get. Each year, we choose amazing charity partners to support with fundraising events, staff donations and public awareness campaigns.


Solo abseil of Forth Rail Bridge

Fearless ESP team member George Kinnear completed a solo Forth Rail Bridge Abseil Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The charity provides care, advice and support to people affected by coronary heart disease, stroke or chest illnesses, as well as funding medical research into prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and social impact, and aiming to influence public policy.

The Forth Rail Bridge Abseil involves strapping up, leaning back and descending 165ft to the sandy beach at the bottom of the bridge. It’s definitely not an activity for the faint-hearted!

By showing true ESP spirit and taking on the abseil on his own, George raised a whopping £795 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

Pretty Muddy 2017

Pretty Muddy 2017

On Saturday 15th July, nine enthusiastic ladies from the ESP team took part in the Pretty Muddy event in Reading for Cancer Research UK, donning their pink sweatbands for 5km of mud, obstacles and plenty of fun.

The team may have ended up soggy, tired and more brown than pink, but it was worth it. All in all, they raised £1,079 for Cancer Research UK, which we think is something to be pretty proud of! 


White Collar Boxing

In June this year, one of our fearless (and now a little bruised!) account managers decided to fight back (literally) against a disease that has affected most of us in some way – cancer.

Jeremy Newell, took part in white collar boxing to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Brilliantly, Jeremy raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK!

Three Peaks 2017

The Three Peaks Challenge

One of the fundraising activities that we keep coming back to is the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours. In July 2017, we completed the gruelling challenge for Marie Curie, raising an amazing £2,000, having done it two years before for Arrhythmia Alliance. It is hard work, but a great way to show our support!

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Reading Half Marathon

On the 19th of March 2017, a few members of the ESP team dusted off their running shoes and showed what IT experts are really made of by getting stuck into the Reading Half Marathon. Now, running 13.1 miles with 15,000 other participants is not how we would usually choose to spend a Sunday, but this was for a very good cause. We raised just under £1,000 for Marie Curie – the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness, and ESP’s nominated charity for 2017. 

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Tough Mudder

In 2016, we took on the punishing mud run Tough Mudder to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK. Though the team was exhausted (and extremely wet and muddy) by the end, the fact that we raised a staggering £5,700 for our nominated charity made it all worthwhile. It is great fun and a real challenge, so we’d definitely do it again.

2015 Three Peaks

Three Peaks

On Friday 26th June, a crazy team of ESP employees representing offices across the country embarked on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

This challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales. As if that’s not difficult enough, you need to climb them all back to back. And just because someone decided that trivial creature comforts like eating and sleeping are only for the undedicated, you are also supposed to complete it in 24 hours!

We raised an amazing £3,000 for the Arrhythmia Alliance Lilly-May Page campaign to help put automated external defibrillators into primary schools, following the tragic death of 5 year old Lilly-May Page outside her school in 2013.


2015 Pretty Muddy

Pretty Muddy 2015

Pretty Muddy isn’t like any other fundraising event. It’s a 5K muddy obstacle course around the venue of Reading Festival, where women of any ability can climb, jog and walk all over cancer.

ESP entered and amazing team who went well beyond their comfort zone. We’re so proud that they completed every single obstacle for such a good cause.

In total they raised a fantastic £927.70 for Cancer Research UK, smashing their £300 target!!


Macmillan Day

Macmillan Day

In August 2014 we had our first Company Charity Day with the objective of having some fun, a good opportunity to bid on stitching up the bosses and to raise some money for an incredible cause, Macmillan Cancer Support.

So we thought why not make a day of it. Karen agreed to have her head shaved in the office, mike volunteered to have ice buckets thrown over him by the five highest bidders, Yvonne baked lots of cakes and we had a dress-down  / fancy dress day in return for a small donation from each person.

The whole day was an enormous success. We had a photographer covering the day from the local paper and raised a fantastic £2,302!!

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