Corporate Social Responsibility

The Hilton-Baird Group is committed to supporting the community.

Each year, for example, the team attempts something extraordinary to raise money for charity. From extreme physical challenges such as the Three Peaks Challenge to growing a moustache in support of Movember, there’s usually something we’re preparing for. In addition, we sponsor relevant events and incorporate charitable donations within our industry research pieces.

Here are just a few of the events we’ve participated in since 2010, raising over £40,000 in the process for the different charities we have chosen as a business. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to raising such a fantastic sum over the years.

Running total: £43,565


 

Alex Hilton-Baird Thames Marathon Swim

CEO’s Swim Challenge 2016

When was it? Summer 2016

For which charity?
 Wessex Cancer Trust and Aspire

How much did we raise? £6,012

What did we do? In 2016 our CEO, Alex Hilton-Baird, put his body and mind to the test in order to raise money and awareness for two superb charities. First he took on the 14km Thames Marathon in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust. And then he completed the Solent Swim for Aspire. Swimming a total of 23.3km, it was one of the toughest challenges he has faced to date but it was worth it to be able to support two fantastic charities. Hilton-Baird matched the £3,006 that was raised.


 

CEO’s Swim Challenge 2015CEO's Swim Challenge

When was it? Summer 2015

For which charity?
British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Julia’s House 

How much did we raise?
£5,510

What did we do?
Keen to do something extraordinary in the name of charity, our CEO, Alex Hilton-Baird, completed a trio of exhausting swims in the space of just three months. Alex took on the Great North Swim, Bournemouth Pier to Pier swim and the Dart 10k – a total of 17km – to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Julia’s House children’s hospice. Hilton-Baird matched the £2,755 that was raised.


 

Wear it. Beat it. Wear It Red - British Heart Foundation

When was it? 6 February 2015

For which charity?
British Heart Foundation

How much did we raise?
£60

What did we do?
Together with thousands of people across the nation our team wore red to raise money and awareness for the fantastic charity which funds lifesaving heart research. It brightened up the office for a day and helped aid the fight for every heartbeat.


 

BBC Children in Need Children In Need

When was it? 14 November 2014

For which charity? BBC Children in Need

How much did we raise? £180

What did we do? To coincide with BBC Children in Need’s appeal night our team ditched their office attire and dressed up as superheroes to raise money for the fantastic charity which helps disadvantaged children across the UK. We also held a superhero quiz to test the team’s brainpower and boost our donation even further.


 

Isle of Wight Challenge Isle of Wight Challenge

When was it? 12 – 13 September 2014

For which charity? Julia’s House

How much did we raise? £6,986

What did we do? This was by far our hardest challenge yet. Seven of the team walked the 68 mile circumference of the Isle of Wight in under 24 hours to raise money and awareness for Julia’s House children’s hospice, a fantastic charity which provides crucial support to life-limited children and their families across Dorset and South Wiltshire. Hilton-Baird matched the total raised.


 

Gaudeamus Chorale Concert Gaudeamus Chorale Concert

When was it? 16 August 2014

For which charity? Cancer Research UK

How much did we raise? £250

What did we do? Sponsored this special concert at Winchester Cathedral, where the Gaudeamus Chorale performed Fauré’s Requiem in aid of Cancer Research UK. This was one of three events that took place across the south, which also saw the choral societies visit Chichester and Salisbury.

 


 

Wightlink Wight Challenge Wightlink Wight Challenge

When was it? 21 September 2013

For which charity? Wessex Heartbeat, Sail4Cancer and The Rainbow Centre

How much did we raise? £645

What did we do? This was a triathlon with a twist; a team triathlon whereby three of us cycled 19 miles, kayaked 2 miles and ran 8 miles across the Isle of Wight. Despite various equipment malfunctions, a river current eager to send them to France and a bucket load of lactic acid, the trio finished the event in a respectable four hours and 35 minutes, helping to raise money for three local charities: Wessex Heartbeat, Sail4Cancer and The Rainbow Centre.


 

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

When was it? 14 July 2013

For which charity? British Heart Foundation

How much did we raise? £2,000

What did we do? Not content with the rigours of the Wightlink Wight Challenge, our CEO, Alex Hilton-Baird, swam the 1.4 miles between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Having been born with ‘heart murmur’ and requiring open heart surgery at 8 years old, Alex was keen to support a charity that was quite literally close to his heart. Again, Hilton-Baird matched the £1,000 total that was raised.


Three Peaks Challenge Three Peaks Challenge

When was it? 22 – 23 September 2012

For which charity? Macmillan Cancer Support

How much did we raise? £8,440

What did we do? Not for the faint hearted, the renowned Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours. After founder and director of the Hilton-Baird Group, Alan Baird, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the team decided it was time to do something memorable. So nine of us tackled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in support of Macmillan Cancer Research, completing the challenge in 24 hours 45 minutes – just outside of the target time! Hilton-Baird matched the £4,220 total that was raised.


New Forest Half Marathon New Forest Half Marathon

When was it? 25 September 2011

For which charity? British Heart Foundation

How much did we raise? £2,600

What did we do? After much training and preparation, Alex and James ran in the annual New Forest Half Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which Hilton-Baird matched. Both of them clocked excellent times of just over two hours, and survived to tell the tale!


 

Movember Movember

When was it? November 2010

For which charity? The Movember Foundation

How much did we raise? £4,000

What did we do? Several of the Hilton-Baird team decided to ‘grow a mo’ in aid of The Movember Foundation. This annual event sees men across the world letting their facial hair loose to raise funding for the fight against prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Though not quite as physically demanding as some of the other challenges the team has completed over the years, for some of us it was no less of a challenge!