Golden Lion Children's Trust
We count our lucky stars that we are part of an industry built on fun and excitement, but we know not everyone is able to experience the things we sometimes take for granted. While we are passionate about delivering exceptional travel experiences for each and every one of our customers, we’re also passionate about helping those less fortunate.
We have had a special relationship with the Golden Lion Children’s Trust since 2013, a local charity dedicated to providing hope, help and happiness to children with special needs and disadvantaged young people. Founded in 1973 by Gatwick airport staff – a stone’s throw from our HQ – the charity works closely with families, schools and residential care homes to organise fun day trips and outings that would otherwise be impossible for these children to experience.
With so many deserving of GLCT’s help, we can only hope to scratch the surface – but we try our best to bring a little magic into their lives from time to time. We’re delighted and proud to host an array of fundraising events through the year.
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As well as the customary bake sales and raffles, we like to mix things up when it comes to raising funds here at Titan HQ. In 2018 our annual Fundraising Fortnight saw its most successful year yet with the whole business coming together to raise £9,700 for this very deserving charity. We’re proud to say our team got the creative juices flowing as we collectively took part in a company-wide treasure hunt, hosted a ‘Titan Car Wash’, and competed in our very own Titan Bake Off (with our own Prue and Paul to match).
Our team also pulled on their walking boots and trekked 22 miles – that’s over 50,000 steps – on a sponsored walk through wind, rain and (very limited) sun to collectively raise over £1,300.
Previous years have seen male colleagues bravely volunteer to have their legs waxed, beards and heads shaved, while others undertook an epic bike ride from Redhill and Folkstone (140 miles!) and endured a 10-minute ‘Ice Bath’ challenge. Other not-so-brave, but no less dedicated team members took part in a Jaffa Cake-eating contest and a Zumba class competition. All in the name of charity.
Every effort is worth it when we hear of the wonderful things GLCT is able to do with the funds raised. In 2018 we were thrilled to learn the team at GLCT were able to put together sacks of presents in time for Christmas to 150 disadvantaged children. Hundreds of others will be able to enjoy a Christmas pantomime, indulge in afternoon tea with Father Christmas, or watch a Christmas film at the cinema. And that’s just a few examples of the difference the wonderful work of the team at GLCT makes.