Charity of the Year 2018

Spectrum welcomes Guildford Action as its Charity of the Year for 2018

Guildford Spectrum, operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Guildford Borough Council, has named local charity Guildford Action as its Charity of the Year.

Guildford Action provides a day service for rough sleepers and other very vulnerable people. The service includes providing hot food, showers, access to a GP and support with finding accommodation. Each person has an individual support plan with activities included to help increase social inclusion and support and active lifestyle these will now include swimming and bowling at the Guildford Spectrum. Guildford Action also provides support for vulnerable families facing issues such as addiction, mental health and poverty, activities at Spectrum will be made available for these families – allowing them to enjoy happy, positive times together.

Jo Tester, Chief Executive Guildford Action says: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Guildford Spectrums Charity of the year.  Many of our service users are unable to access local facilities as they often need support or simply cannot afford it, but this will now change.  We have already planned some swimming groups and there is particular interest in Badminton and table tennis.  We also plan to use some of the donated points to have a special party for the families we support too.  We are so grateful, and this really will make a difference to so many people and bring smiles to the faces of those who are having a tough time.”

Guildford Action will be given Active Card points that can be exchanged for a wide variety of leisure facilities. The activity tickets are generated through the generosity of Spectrum's customers who donate their Active Card loyalty points to the cause.  These points are converted into activity tickets for the charity to use as they wish.

Charlotte Pullen, Freedom Leisure Marketing Executive, says: “Each year when seeking our charity of the year much of it comes down to the local community, and this year, yet again, the people of Guildford and surrounding areas really got behind the nominations! Our customers and the local community always dig deep when it comes to donating their points and this year we ask that they do so again. It is a fantastic way for us all to make a difference to some of the worthy charities we have the pleasure of working with.” 

“Freedom Leisure prides itself on serving the communities in which it operates, which includes supporting local charities, on top of providing top-class leisure and fitness facilities. This year we had three very worthy local charities in the mix. We are really excited that Guildford Action have been chosen as our charity for 2018, and that we can help support individuals in our local community.” 


To find out more information about Guildford Action visit

For further information about facilities for all the family, and the Active Card scheme at Guildford Spectrum, please click here.

photo; Christina Bengston (Freedom Leisure), Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons, Jo Tester (Chief Executive, Guildford Action), Charlotte Pullen (Freedom Leisure)