£10 Million of Fundraising and Counting!
Over £10 million raised: Credit Suisse employees in the UK and charity partners mark a fundraising milestone.
On September 15, Credit Suisse employees in the UK joined with past UK Charity of the Year partners to hear how their fundraising has positively impacted beneficiaries and served as a launch pad for many of the charities to go on and secure additional corporate partners and funding. The event, hosted by UK leaders David Mathers and Noreen Doyle, with keynote speaker BBC sports journalist and presenter Gabby Logan, was an opportunity for employees and partner organizations to come together and mark this incredible legacy.
Since the Charity of the Year program started in 2002, Credit Suisse employees have raised a cumulative total of over £10 million for 14 UK charity partners.
UK Charity of the Year – A Long-Standing Commitment
The UK Charity of the Year program was launched with the aim of bringing together the collective fundraising efforts of employees to maximize impact. Every year, a new partner is chosen via a structured selection process led by a volunteer Employee Selection Committee. At the final stage of selection, all employees are given the opportunity to vote and the winning charity spends a year fundraising in-house at the Credit Suisse Canary Wharf offices.
Total Raised by Charity and Impact of Fundraising
|2017||Motor Neurone Disease Association||Health||£420,000||Voice banking, Care Centres, Research.|
|2016||NSPCC||Children||£782,589||545 number of Schools visited, 130,000 children reached through the Speak out Stay safe service.|
|2015||FareShare||Social Disadvantage||£620,364||2,481,486 meals / 2800 deliveries / 322,550 beneficiaries per week.|
|2014||Parkinson's UK||Health||£1,228,201||Approval of 2 new research projects, 16 new nursing posts supporting 5000 people, 13 information and support workers in the London team.|
|2013||GOSH||Children's Health||£1,000,000||Three bedrooms in the new Respiratory Unit.|
|2012||Centrepoint||Social Disadvantage||£916,045||1,319 service users now in Education, Employment or Training; 216 young people now going to university.|
|2011||The Children's Trust||Children's Health||£923,659||Over 700 services provided to children with acquired brain injury, 250 families staying on site to aid rehabilitation, 1076 trips out for the children totalling 50,000 miles.|
|2010||Alzheimer's Society||Health||£739,000||6 research projects, distributed over 8.5 million Worried About Your Memory?|
|2008-09||Place2Be||Children||£900,000||Supported 11500 children, trained 218 professionals.|
|2007||Whizz-Kidz||Children||£571,000||96 pieces of mobility equipment.|
|2005-06||Teenage Cancer Trust||Children's Health||£1,000,000||3 new specialist age-appropriate hospital wards for young people with cancer 40,000 hours of expert nursing care.|
|2004||Richard House Children's Hospice||Children's Health||£515,000||Specialist bedroom and bathroom equipment for new accommodation.|
|2003||Sargent / Macmillan||Health||£404,000||Supporting people with cancer.|
|2002||NCH (Action for Children)||Children||£379,000||Supporting disadvantaged children.|
Throughout the year, employees raise money in a variety of ways. These efforts are coordinated by the bank's Fundraising Committee, chaired by Julie Dinwoodie. Speaking at the event, she explained that the Committee consists of colleagues who devote time on top of their day jobs to spearhead the fundraising initiatives for their individual business areas and highlighted the key role that the Committee have played in championing fundraising for so many charities. "Many of us, including myself, have been touched by one or more of these charities and we as a Committee together with all of you at Credit Suisse have been united in the common objective to help support those less fortunate than ourselves," she said at the recent event.
2017 Charity Partner
The current UK Charity of the Year partner, the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND), has a special significance for the many Credit Suisse employees. Many of those who canvassed for the charity during its selection process in 2016, were doing so in support of their colleague Steve Cliff. Steve, who is Project Manager at Credit Suisse, was diagnosed with MND in June 2015 and given a life expectancy of six months to three years. Sadly, within six months of his diagnosis, Steve lost the ability to communicate using his voice.
At the September event, Steve shared a special, compelling written message: "I can personally vouch for the huge impact that the money being raised is having. This year's support is being used to fund three projects which are hugely significant to me. Soon after diagnosis, I lost my ability to speak. Voice Banking would have made a big difference to me and my family if I could use my own voice, to let them know how much I love them. Similarly, specialist care centres are needed throughout the UK to help deal with the impact of this frightening disease. The care centre has been pivotal in my understanding what is happening to me, and providing palliative care. Finally, the MND Association have embarked on an ambitious research program called project MinE, so that future generations will have a hope of the disease being eradicated."
In her closing remarks, Noreen Doyle paid tribute to employees who contribute so much to the UK Charity of the Year program and encouraged them to continue to collectively build on this achievement as the money raised makes such a difference. "You may not realize the difference that you make when you drop a pound in a bucket or donate to your colleague's challenge event, but today is testament to our collective impact and what we can achieve when we work together."