GF Community Foundation honours the fallen this Remembrance Day

GF Community Foundation (GFCF) part of GF Group, is honouring the fallen this Remembrance Day with a special installation outside of its HQ on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham.

Displaying over 200 hand crafted wooden poppies alongside a silhouetted Tommy cut-out, the installation is a collaborative project between several East Durham organisations. Funded and organised by GF Community Foundation, the display’s 216 poppies were made by Joinery and Painting and Decorating students at East Durham College and installed by East Durham Veterans. Security company, Steadfast, donated a generous £200 towards the cost of materials.

Tom Lavender, Group Foundation Manager, said: “GF Community Foundation is thrilled to be supporting local veterans this Remembrance Day. This collaborative project has united key groups within our local community and allowed our colleagues to pay their respects whilst supporting an incredible cause.”

The display is in place to raise money for East Durham Veterans, with the sale of the poppies going towards supporting their ongoing winter isolation project.

Poppy Tommy
The display outside of Sea View HQ, Spectrum Business Park, Seaham

Andrew Cammiss, Chairman at East Durham Veterans, said: “Our winter isolation photography course that is supported by GF Community Foundation and Great Annual Savings is an important part of bringing together the veteran community, helping them socialise, as well as teaching them a new skill. With so many struggling with their mental health, especially after the pandemic, projects such as this are essential to the recovery of our community.”

The installation is already causing a stir on social media, with residents in Seaham visiting to take pictures and show respect.

Caroline Brown, Fundraising and Events Manager for GF Community Foundation, said: “It’s great to see such wonderful feedback from residents in Seaham and our neighbours in Spectrum Business Park. We were thrilled to be able to invite Bugler Kenneth Moor to the building to play’ The Last Post’ and observe a 2-minute silence alongside Colleagues from GF Group, some of whom are Veterans themselves.”

The installation will remain in place until Remembrance Sunday if the weather allows.
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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.