Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Gas Staff Complete Challenge for Charity

Eight intrepid Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) employees have raised a total of £825.50 for charity after completing the Allendale Challenge.

The group completed the gruelling 26 mile hike over boggy terrain on 9 April in aid of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, raising the impressive sum in the process.

Organiser Kerry Thorpe, Sales Administration Manager, was joined by Dan Lake, Business Administration Manager, Liam Groves, Customer Experience Manager, Joshua Green, IT Network Support, Craig Shields, Head of Customer Experience, Gary Mapstone, Energy Manager, Scott Parvia, Business Solutions Manager, and Chris Bullock, Team Manager.
Kerry is an avid fundraiser for the charity and takes part in the challenge annually.

She said: “I’m pleased we got so much support from our own staff. The total raised is excellent, we just need to collect it in now.

“Hopefully even more take part next year.”

Several of the hikers are still feeling the effects more than a week later, but have confirmed that they are already considering next year’s challenge, where they hope to be joined by more staff and beat this year’s total raised.

The hikers’ achievements mirror GAS’ approach to charity and our company values. The Group would like to congratulate those who took part.

For more information on the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, visit: www.tvlb.org.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.


“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.