Ten years of supporting the Autism Jersey Golf Day raises nearly £200,000

A partnership that started ten years ago has helped raise nearly two hundred thousand pounds for people on the autism spectrum, their families and carers in Jersey.

With JT’s help, Autism Jersey launched the event a decade ago, which today has become the annual flagship fundraising event and has gained in popularity every year. This year the event raised £24,000 with the maximum of 24 teams taking part and was a fitting celebration for a 10-year partnership that has contributed so much to the local Autistic community.

Nick Winsor, Chairman of Autism Jersey, said: “I am overwhelmed by the support that this event gets from the island’s business and golfing community, and I’d like to extend my thanks to JT, once again, who made it all possible. The money raised every year makes a significant difference to the lives of many autistic islanders, but it also increases the profile of our charity and the amazing work that our people do in changing the lives of those that we support.”

Daragh McDermott, JT’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “The fantastic work that Autism Jersey do touches the lives of so many people, and we are delighted with what we have helped the charity to achieve over the last ten years and what we’ve been able to give back to our community as a result of our partnership.  In particular, this year, where our own people also selected Autism Jersey as their 2022 chosen charity. We will continue to support Autism Jersey with their full calendar of events until the end of the year, bringing people together, united in a common cause to raise as much money as possible, for this fantastic and dedicated charity.

I think what makes the charity stand out is the team of talented people who advocate an inclusive community where personalised services are provided for individuals, families, and carers and it’s been a real pleasure to work alongside them.”

Sun used to power the final Cobo Balcony Gig

The Cobo Balcony Gigs have taken an environmentally conscious step forward as the series of summer gigs draws to a close this weekend. The Little Green Energy Company will power the final event using solar power generated from the company’s Homefield site, in partnership with JT.

The Balcony Gigs have become a major part of Guernsey’s summer and JT has been a partner for over a decade, helping to bring live music to islanders and visitors. In keeping with the Cobo Bay Hotel’s environmental policy and JT’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral, JT has teamed up with the Little Green Energy Company to livestream the popular gig around the world using its solar photo voltaic energy system.

This joint Carbon Offset initiative used locally generated renewable solar energy to offset the electricity used at the Balcony Gigs with savings of around 200kg of CO2e (Carbon Dioxide equivalent) to benefit the local community.

Gill Knights, JT Group General Counsel & Head of Sustainability, said: “We have been proud partners of Guernsey’s balcony gigs for many years and we are delighted that we are able to power the finale using renewable energy. JT’s purpose is to connect our customers to their sustainable future, so it was fitting that we linked up with Little Green to offset the event in a unique way whilst supporting the environmental commitments we have made to our Islands.”

As part of JT’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in all its operations, the Little Green Energy Company was the natural choice to partner with. JT has been using locally generated renewable energy to offset the electricity it’s used at previous Cobo Balcony Gigs. It is hoped that as further renewable energy initiatives are developed, all the events JT holds in the island will be carbon neutral.