Helping Others

Supporting charities, both locally and nationally, is very important to us. That’s why we are always happy to look silly or test our endurance levels to the limit, as long as it means more for those who really need it.


  • The Circus Starr tour has given millions of underprivileged and disabled children the chance to forget their troubles for a day at the circus. We bought 6 tickets for children to enjoy the spectacle at their local venue.


  • Portafina’s continued support of The Africa Trust via AquAid has meant a new Elephant Pump has been built for a community who will now benefit from life-giving water.
  • We showed our support to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by wearing yellow for the day to help raise awareness and support for those affected by cystic fibrosis.
  • World cup fever reach Portafina as we donned our clubs and nations football shirts raising £100 for the Bobby Moore Fund to help beat bowl cancer.
  • Our Portafina team are blooming gorgeous, especially when dressed up in a giant flower costume! Staff bid on team members with the lucky winner wearing the flower costume for the day.
  • The team got creative for the day as we dressed up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day. From Angelina Ballerina to George from IT our efforts raised over £80 for BookAid.
  • Portafina fitness fanatics joined the nation in reaching a goal of 1billion steps to raise awareness for Sport Relief. Dressed to impress in our sports gear, we raised nearly £200.
  • In Great British Break Off style, our star bakers cooked up a storm with their delicious treats raising over £150 to help Endometriosis UK continue its vital support for women who are suffering with the condition.
  • We wore blue during the day in the office to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day. And our Portafina masterminds had their chance to shine at a very special quiz night where we raised over £400 for JDRF.
  • A special day took place remembering team member Carol Cooke who sadly lost her battle with cancer. We wore Carols favourite colours in honour of her memory and baked some delicious cup cakes to raise £500 for the Wisdom Hospice.
  • The whole team had hair raising fun as we styled and moulded our hair in the craziest of ways to raise £108 for Comic Relief.
  • The Portafina teams were set the challenge to transform a team member into a superhero using less than 6 items, while feasting on superhero themed cakes, raising £117 to support the charity.
  • In 2018 we chose Demelza House as our nominated charity and have supported them by donating computers as well as arranging fundraising activities and volunteering.
  • Portafina team member Danny raised over £550 for Macmillan when he ‘Braved the Shave’ and allowed Portafina managing director Jamie to shave off his luscious locks.
  • Our best bakers dusted off their whisks and mixing bowls and stirred up a culinary treat to raise nearly £210 for Macmillan.
  • The whole office resembled girl group Bewitched as we donned all things denim to raise £248.28 for the Jeans for Genes charity which helps the thousands of children diagnosed with genetic conditions each year.
  • Bringing the flavour of Wimbledon to Kent, the Portafina team raised £220 selling strawberries and cream while wearing blue in support of The Arthrogryposis Group.
  • Claudia from our marketing team, channelled her inner Mo Farrah as she took on the Virgin London Marathon to raise more than a whopping £7,000 for diabetes charity JDRF.


  • Ever fancied rolling out of bed and straight into work? By spending the working day in our PJs we raised over £220 for Children in Need.
  • The only day of the year when tacky Christmas jumpers are worn without judgement, we raised £117 for charity Save the Children by parading around the office in our favourite Christmas attire.


  • This year’s Christmas jumper day was full of our brightest and most festive clothes with the Portafina team raising £110.28 for diabetes charity JDRF.
  • Every year, Portafina team member Claire Ayaz collects donations for animals without homes at Christmas. As a company of animal lovers we helped her break her previous records and collect 190 snacks and toys to keep the animals entertained over the holiday.
  • The Circus Starr tour has given millions of underprivileged and disabled children the chance to forget their troubles for a day at the circus. We bought 10 tickets for children to enjoy the spectacle at their local venue.
  • Those of us able to grow facial hair ditched the razor for the month of November and in doing so raised over £150 for the Movember Foundation.
  • If only every day could be a pyjama party for Pudsey. We raised £182.57 for Children in Need showcasing our comfiest lounge wear and pyjamas.
  • We were thrilled to be one of the headline sponsors for this spooky running event by Demelza Hospice. Participants tested their nerves (and legs) against witches, devils and gunge in this charity run.
  • Ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits and terrifying teammates – we endured a horrifying time in the Portafina offices to raise £240.64 for #DressDiabolical for Diabetes UK.


  • A firm fixture in our charity calendar, Christmas jumper 2015 day did not disappoint as the team pulled out all the stops raising £120 for diabetes charity JDRF.
  • We took part in a Freaky Friday Fundraiser raising £338 for diabetes charity JDRF with a bake off special and cake sale, fancy dress and various ghoulish goings-on.
  • The Portafina team looked like fashion disasters as they dug out their worst ever shirts to raise nearly £300 to support Hemi Help. A charity for children and young people with hemiplegia.
  • Seth Lane, a personal friend of a member of our staff, was born without an immune system and his request for people to wear yellow in support of his operation became a viral story with the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth. We showed our support and raised over £150 for Seth.
  • Portafina supported local dance school Vicky’s School of Dance £1,200 to help out with studio costs.
  • In total we have donated £1,200 to St Mary’s Amateur Boxing Club, a registered charity that trains juniors and adults.


  • Another day of festive flourish as the team donned their finest knitted wardrobe warmers and raised £157 for JDRF.
  • Things took a spooky turn at the Portafina office as ghosts and ghouls descended on the building. After a hell-raising day of fancy dress and selling gooey treats we raised a huge £1,300 for diabetes charity JDRF.
  • Portafina MD Jamie Smith-Thompson dusted off his boxing gloves as he took part in not one, but two rounds in the ring raising money for ‘Gloves on for the Glennys’ and ‘Clash for Cancer’.
  • Paige is a four-year-old girl with periventricular leukomalacia and cerebral palsy spastic diplegia. The Portafina team dug deep and was able to donate £475 to a 5km sponsored walk to help fund an operation for her.
  • We supported local team Pegasus 81 Flyers by donating £1,000 to fund new kits and training equipment. Plus the team enjoyed a history filled tour of Wembley Stadium.

Pre 2013

  • Portafina MD Jamie Smith-Thompson raised almost £900 for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research, by completing the Silverstone Half Marathon.
  • Portafina MD Jamie Smith-Thompson raised over £2,150 for Children with Cancer UK when he completed the gruelling 26-mile London Marathon.
  • The sky’s the limit! Portafina MD Jamie Smith-Thompson and Michael Paynter raised £775 for diabetes charity JDRF by jumping out a plane.
  • Not usually known for their head for heights, Portafina MD Jamie Smith-Thompson and Michael Paynter completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and raised £1,725 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Here are a few charities we regularly support...

AquAid Sponsorship
Portafina support Macmillan Cancer Support
Portafina are proud to support JDRF
We support BBC Children in Need

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