AO actively encourages all employees to support and give back to their local community and the AO Smile Foundation was launched during the year to facilitate this. Sixty-three per cent of our UK employees now make a regular monthly gift to the charity, and during the year over £65k was raised through payroll giving, which makes the process of giving as easy, flexible and tax efficient as possible. The Foundation holds a Platinum Award from the Institute of Fundraising, and the Group supports the charity by providing, free of charge, a charity manager and other services such as financial, payroll and legal support.
During the year AO also supported Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day; all of our trucks were dressed with the infamous red noses and we transformed our customer service centre to be an official Red Nose Day call centre. 150 employees gave up their time on a Friday night for Comic Relief and took over the phone donations of over £55k for the cause.
This is the third time AO has supported Red Nose Day and we look forward to supporting them through our call centre for many years to come.