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One of our principal aims is to support local charities whose excellent work falls outside the scope of the Microgaming Health & Care Trust.

We have supported dozens of charities on the island by providing grants for good causes, tables at charity dinners, volunteers at events, and prizes at fundraisers. You can read about some of our most recent projects below.

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Our fourth annual Gift of Giving raised £30,000 for charities in four global regions: Isle of Man, UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World.

The campaign provides our key customers and contacts across the globe with charity donations in lieu of Christmas gifts. Following a period of voting in December 2016, the charities that received the highest number of votes in each region were Women’s Refuge (Isle of Man), Teenage Cancer Trust (UK and Europe), Save the Rhino (Africa) and Médecins Sans Frontières (Rest of the World). Each charity received a £7,500 donation.

Our Gift of Giving initiative has now raised £120,000 to date for 13 different charities worldwide.

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On the 23 December 2016, the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas, accompanied by their local choir friends, brought extra festive cheer to MGS House after a gift-wrapped Roger had already made everyone smile!

The rousing group performance was a highlight of our Christmas Eve Eve, and it gave Microgaming the chance to present its £3,000 donation to the 2016-17 mayoral charity appeal, which supports three charities registered on the island: Anthony Nolan Isle of Man, Manx Decaf and Naseem’s Brain Tumour Charity.

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Mayoral Charity Appeal
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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Our third annual Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support raised over £420 for the charity.

Launched in 1990, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has generated over £138 million to date. Every penny raised for Macmillan goes towards helping cancer patients and their families receive the medical and emotional support they need.

MGS House is always up for a bake sale, not least when it’s in support of such a deserving cause. Our volunteer bakers helped us do our bit for Macmillan in September.

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2016

We hosted our second blood drive of the year at MGS House in September.

Nurses from Noble’s Hospital set up camp in the office to take blood from 19 generous volunteers, including Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man employees.

Like earlier in the year, Microgaming matched each pint with a £25 contribution to charity. Rebecca House, a purpose-built facility at Hospice Isle of Man that provides essential care for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, was selected at random to receive the £475 donation.

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Colour Me Rainbow 2016

Hands down the most colourful event at Douglas Carnival, Colour Me Rainbow completed its third year of raising funds for Hospice Isle of Man in July 2016.

Hospice Isle of Man provides a hugely important service for the local community, delivering specialised palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The charity also helps the families of sufferers in their time of need. We have been on board with Colour Me Rainbow since its inception.

Not only did we ensure participants were covered head to toe in purple paint, but we also sold an impressive £233 of the cornflour-based dye from our station! Some of us even ran the gauntlet ourselves.

Colour Me Rainbow 2016

Organised by Shoprite and the Manx Road Club, the annual Cycle for Life TT Relay is a major sporting event on the island.

On Sunday 17 July, riders young and old took part in a series of cycling challenges to raise money for charity. This year’s beneficiaries were Tabitha’s Trust and the Manx Hockey Association.

For the fourth consecutive year, we sponsored the ‘Speed Merchant’ award for the fastest overall leg. And the team we entered won it (John Quinn set a blistering time)! With Microgaming Ambassador Joseph Ricciardi on our side, we also went on to collect the Isle of Man Creamery 'Schuss' prize for the fastest final leg (thanks to John Coleman) and the main team relay event!

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Shoprite Cycle for Life TT Relay 2016
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Black Grace Cowley Charity Karting Challenge 2016

We jumped at the chance to take part in the Black Grace Cowley Charity Karting Challenge for the second year running in July.

A team from Microgaming was joined by Derivco Isle of Man at the event, which pits local companies and groups against each other to raise money for charity.

Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man put on an excellent show, finishing second and third respectively. Team Microgaming also came second in the inaugural race last year.

Black Grace Cowley Charity Karting Challenge 2016

We are always happy to support KPMG and their extensive charity work, not least as a corporate sponsor of the KPMG Promenade Relay.

Team PlayItForward entered the event on 24 May and were joined by individual runners from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man. The 10K relay course and 5K solo provide a stiff test of endurance and character.

In 2014, our sponsorship of the event helped to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. In 2015, donations went to the Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man. This year's beneficiary was Wish Upon a Dream, an Isle of Man registered charity that grants wishes to sick and gravely ill children living on the island.

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KPMG Promenade Relay
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Race the Sun 2016

This epic round-island relay is now a regular fixture on our calendar.

Team PlayItForward finished the gruelling 98-mile circuit in an impressive seventh place (out of 24 teams). Organised in aid of The Children’s Centre, which provides charitable services for local children, young people and families, the annual race begins and ends in Peel. Runners set off at dawn along Raad ny Foillan, the Isle of Man’s coastal footpath, with the aim of returning as quickly as possible before the sun sets.

The Children’s Centre is such a deserving charity and Race the Sun is one of our favourite races of the year. One day we will win it!

Race the Sun 2016

Our second charity golf event took place on a challenging day in May, but the unseasonably windy, rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those involved.

Following our success with the Microgaming Manx Cancer Help Golf Day two years earlier, we sought to organise another memorable event, this time at Castletown Golf Club. 18 local business teams clubbed together in aid of the Isle of Man MS Society, raising more than £6,000 for the charity.

Spot prizes were awarded to players for achievements such as the longest drive on the 12th and a hole in one on the 16th, but nobody claimed the star prize of a brand new Mini One, which was generously made available by BMW Buchanan.

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Microgaming Charity Golf Day 2016
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2016 Dress Red Day at MGS House

MGS House turned red in May to mark the end of International Red Cross Week.

Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man staff wore something red and paid a small donation for the privilege. Even those who didn’t dress for the occasion contributed to the fund.

Dress Red Day was established to raise much-needed cash for the Isle of Man Red Cross, which provides a fantastic service in the local community, transporting almost 10,000 people to Noble’s Hospital clinics in 2015 and carrying out a number of other important health-related functions.

2016 Dress Red Day at MGS House

Our third year of Wellness Week, a workplace initiative designed to promote healthy living, saw us give blood and money to charity.

The first MGS House blood drive encouraged 28 employees from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man to donate a pint of their blood. A team of nurses from Noble’s Hospital dropped by the office to carry out the good deed.

Microgaming offered to match the generosity of staff with a donation of £25 per donor to the Isle of Man branch of Alzheimer’s Society. That meant £700 and 28 pints of blood were raised for charity.

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Blood Drive 2016
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Bake Sale 2016

A bake sale at MGS House in May helped Leah Crowe, a Microgaming Bursary recipient and second-year primary education student at Edge Hill University, raise over £260 for Ankoma Outreach.

Leah was raising money to pay for supplies at a school she would teach at later in the year while volunteering in Ghana. She had already collected more than £400 to help fund the construction of a primary school in the village of Ohema before we helped out.

Our contribution to Leah’s mission was a small one driven by members of staff at Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man who baked and bought delicious treats for this great cause.

Bake Sale 2016

In March, staff at MGS House organised an Easter bake off in aid of Sport Relief.

The incentive was to bake the most delicious and spectacular seasonal baked treat, as judged by those who paid for a slice or two (or three or four). Competition was unsurprisingly fierce, and the standard of baking was exceptional, with plenty of silly and sublime show-stoppers on display.

When the crumbs settled after a busy day of judging, Carolyn Barrett’s bunny-and-carrot masterpiece (not pictured) won the vote, and over £200 had been raised for Sport Relief. 

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Sport Relief Bake Off 2016
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Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust 2016

We made a donation of £5,000 to the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust in January 2016.

The Manx-registered charity was founded in 1998 to provide ‘hospice at home’ care for island residents suffering from life-limiting illnesses. More than 1,400 hours of professional nursing is provided every year at no cost to patients or their families. This vital service is funded entirely by charitable donations.

Our donation of £5,000, which helped to secure the provision of additional nursing care in 2016, matched the proceeds of a charity poker tournament organised by Microgaming two years earlier at The Claremont Hotel.

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The third year of giving our key customers and contacts from around the world charity donations in lieu of gifts raised £30,000 for good causes in four global regions: Isle of Man, UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World.

In December 2015, our contacts were asked to vote for one of several charities in their region. As in previous years, 25 per cent of the fund was allocated to the charity that received the highest number of votes in each region. Wish Upon a Dream (Isle of Man), CLIC Sargent (UK and Europe), Save the Rhino (Africa) and Cure Cancer Australia (Rest of the World) each received a donation of £7,500 in early 2016.

Under our Gift of Giving initiative, we have now donated a total of £90,000 to eleven different charities worldwide.

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Gift of Giving 2016
Hospice Annual Dinner

Opened in 2007, Rebecca House is a children’s wing at Hospice Isle of Man in Douglas. 

The purpose-built facility provides respite, palliative and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Its role in giving children and their families the help and support they need during such a difficult time is unique on the island.  

In July 2015, we sponsored a garden party at Billown Mansion, courtesy of John Whittaker's estate. Attended by over 500 people, the event was a huge success, raising almost £130,000 in funding for Rebecca House. We were proud to have had the opportunity to support such a deserving cause, and we are looking forward to next year's dinner.

Hospice Annual Dinner

We have supported DASH (Drug Advice Service & Helpline) since 2012, and not only as a major financial backer.

Two senior Microgaming employees sit on the fundraising committee to ensure that the Manx-registered charity is able to raise the funds it needs to carry on providing a source of help, information and advice for thousands of people on the island.

As a harm reduction service, DASH offers help without prejudice and counsel without judgement.

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Race the Sun

Microgaming Ambassador Keith Gerrard teamed up with employees from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man to complete the scenic but demanding course for an impressive fourth time. 

Organised in aid of The Children’s Centre, the annual event sees teams set off at dawn in Peel, running along the coastal paths of the island in an attempt to return to the seaside town before sunset. The course is split over ten sections and covers 98 miles of breath-taking scenery. This one is definitely for the faint-hearted! 

Race the Sun 2015

In July 2015, more than 80 teams competed in the four-stage KPMG Promenade Relay.

Our sponsorship of the race, which took place along Douglas Promenade, helped to raise more than £13,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man. The event’s third year of running was our second as a key sponsor: in 2014 we provided support in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Approximately 30,000 blood cancer diagnoses are made in the UK every year, and around one million people in the country are predicted to suffer from dementia by 2025. Supporting research into new types of care and treatment is hugely important.

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In December 2013, we gave our key customers and contacts from around the world charity donations in lieu of gifts.

We wanted them to have a say in who would receive the donations, so we selected a number of charities in four global regions: Africa, Australia, Asia Pacific, and IOM & Rest of the World. Our contacts were then asked to vote for a charity in their region. 25 per cent of the fund was allocated to the winner from each region, meaning that CHIVA Africa, WWF, Cure Cancer Australia, and British Red Cross (Philippines Appeal) each received £7,500.

Following the success of the 2013 initiative, we decided to do it all again in 2014, distributing £30,000 equally among Médecins Sans Frontières (Africa), Red Cross Australia (Australia), Change Heroes (Asia Pacific), and Hospice Isle of Man (IOM & Rest of the World).

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The annual Cycle for Life TT Relay, organised by Shoprite and the Manx Road Club, attracts cyclists from all over the island and beyond. 

In 2015, riders took on the iconic TT Mountain Course, competing in team and individual categories to raise funds for Discover Diving and the Manx Diabetic Group. 

It was the third consecutive year in which we had sponsored the ‘Speed Merchant’ prize for the fastest overall leg. Yet again, the event was a huge success, bringing our sports-loving community together in aid of two worthy beneficiaries.


Shoprite Cycle for Life TT Relay 2015
Shoprite Relay 2015
Colour Me Rainbow 2015

Manning a paint station (purple this time) for a second consecutive year, we did our bit to ensure participants were coloured head to toe in a cornflour-based paint during Douglas Carnival in July 2015. 

Colour Me Rainbow was set up to raise funds for Hospice Isle of Man, which provides specialised palliative care for patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses. 

More than 22 enthusiastic members of staff attended the event with their families, making our station among the most busy and colourful! We are honoured to have played an important role in this fun, community-centric event since its launch in 2014.

Colour Me Rainbow

We had money to spare from our 2014 Gift of Giving campaign, so we decided to put it to good use by partially funding a second Change Heroes project, this time in Kenya. What made this one so special was that employees from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man took on the challenge of raising the difference.

This is how it worked: employees were invited to give up one lunch (which is free to them at MGS House) at the end of each month until sufficient funds had been generated, and Microgaming would donate the cash equivalent to Change Heroes. Simple.

The response from staff was excellent, and we managed to complete the project in just three months with more funds to spare!

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Change Heroes Kenya
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The BiG Foundation was set up in 2013 to raise donations from individuals and companies involved in the betting and gaming industries.

Our support of the UK-based charitable organisation began in 2014 with sponsorship of the BiG Sports Dinner. Headed by former Liverpool and England footballer, John Barnes, a host of famous faces from the world of sport attended the event at The Dorchester Hotel in London, raising money for good causes.

Such was the success of the 2014 event that we did it again in 2015. With John Barnes on board for a second year, we really went BiG this time, sponsoring another dinner in London (September) and a second in Malta (November). Both events were a resounding success (and a lot of fun).

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a pretty big deal, generating over £22.8 million for Macmillan Cancer Support to date. Individuals and organisations from across the world participate in the event every year.

2015 marked the second year in which we hosted our own coffee morning. Employees at MGS House bought and sold delicious homemade treats, including cakes, biscuits and savoury snacks.

Thanks to their time and generosity, not to mention the abundance of mouthwatering goodies on offer, we were able to raise an impressive £516.07 to contribute to Macmillan’s 2015 fund.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning
Not the Black Tie Dinner

This was possibly the most fun we've ever had at a fundraising dinner...

As its name suggests, the Not the Black Tie Dinner is a little different, using sport to bring people and worlds together. Instead of being wined and entertained in the traditional fashion before dinner, guests are placed into teams and pitted against each other in sports ranging from rugby and golf to fencing and pillow fighting! (The food comes later.)

In 2015, the event was held at The Kia Oval in London, raising over £18,000 for StreetGames, which was established in 2007 to change 'lives, communities and sport'. The initiative now helps more than 600 organisations in the UK, focusing on promoting sport in disadvantaged communities.

Not the Black Tie Dinner

Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man joined forces with KPMG to take part in Pedal for Nepal, a fundraising event organised locally by Rebecca Crease to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake in April 2015.

Not only did Microgaming and KPMG participate in the race, which had raised over £4,000 at the time of writing, but they also made a donation of £5,000 each to the Disasters Emergency Committee following the catastrophe.

Cycling 50 km for the cause, the team raised almost £1,000 to add to the relief fund.

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Pedal for Nepal

We were honoured to fund, organise and host the Manx Cancer Help Charity Golf Day in 2014.

Supported by James Toseland, patron of the Manx Cancer Help and former Superbike World Champion, the event at Mount Murray Golf Club was a resounding success, raising over £8,000 for the charity.

Not only did we cover the full costs of this event, but we also supplied a team of volunteers to assist participants, meaning that all proceeds went directly to Manx Cancer Help. We would like to thank everyone who tackled the 18-hole course, including the companies that entered teams.

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The annual Cycle for Life TT Relay, organised by Shoprite and the Manx Road Club, attracts cyclists from all over the island and beyond. We entered the event, which takes riders around the iconic TT Mountain Course, as a team in 2014, competing against local companies in aid of Crossroads Care and the Isle of Man Association of Boxing Clubs.

We also sponsored the ‘Speed Merchant’ prize for the fastest overall leg.

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When Manx SPCA (Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) requested help to restore a memorial garden at Ard Jerkyll, a team of Microgaming employees stepped in to carry out the work.

The company paid for materials and equipment, but this was very much a labour of love for those involved. We are grateful to all members of staff who gave up their weekends to design, create and build the Forget Me Not Garden over a period of four months in 2014.

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Festival of Trees, in aid of Save the Children, pits companies against each other in an annual competition to design the best Christmas tree.

We signed up to the initiative for the first time in 2013, and we are eagerly awaiting a second opportunity to wow the public when our tree goes on display at Isle of Man Airport in December.

With the invaluable support of local companies, the festival will continue to support children in need throughout the world.

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