British Heart Foundation

More charity cash raised through feel fab Friday

The Group’s popular ‘Feel Fab Friday’ initiative returned last week to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) through their national ‘Wear It. Beat it.’ campaign.

Our Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) staff got into the caring spirit one week ahead of Valentine’s Day by each paying £2 to wear casual clothes to work, including at least one red item.​

There were also homemade slices of cake on offer at break time, whilst we invited three companies into our rest room area to promote special offers for GAS staff.

Ryan Pool Feel Fab Friday

Virgin Active were joined by Stella and Dot and George Washington Hotel’s Montana Spa, who sold a range of Valentine’s Day gifts to employees from throughout the Spectrum 6 building as our neighbours from BE Group and County Durham Housing Group joined us for a cake and a coffee.

After a day of fun and fundraising, the Group managed to raise £113.85 for The British Heart Foundation and received special thanks from the charity’s North East representative, Dan McNally.

Feel Fab Friday has become a highlight of working at GAS and we welcome staff suggestions for monthly themes. We plan to raise more cash for charity in the future, which you can follow on our social media with the hashtag #feelfabfriday.

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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.