For many years, we have provided funding through the Menzies Charitable Foundation to help our communities by making donations to local worthwhile causes. Our policy has always been to support local causes and to fund projects that result in tangible outcomes and real benefits to the people in our communities.
We have never wanted to simply donate money to large charity funds. Many of our staff and partners already contribute personally to causes that are dear to them, and as a firm we recognise and support their commitment.
Instead, we support those individuals and organisations that do not have the profile or resources to attract regular fundraising and sponsorship. We want to donate money in a way that makes an immediate and real difference to someone’s life.
Here follows a summary of what we’ve managed to achieve and the wonderful efforts our staff have gone to throughout Quarter Four (2018).
The Cardiff office continue to collect food items for the Cardiff Food Bank.
The team also hold a dress down Friday every month to help raise valuable funds for the Layla-Mae appeal.
Layla-Mae is the 10 year-old daughter of a colleague and is currently under the care of University Hospital Wales and Great Ormond Street for seizures and brain tumours. To help raise some extra funds, the team held a guess the weight of the chocolates competition. Mark Newton – who was visiting the Cardiff office on “competition day” – made a late guess and ended up having a very sweet train journey home!
The Leatherhead Office raised £42 for Mary Frances Trust who promoting social inclusion, health and well-being through a large range of groups and activities.
The team raised £71 for the Tree of Hope – a crowdfunding charity that helps families to raise money for children and young people with disabilities or illness when the specialist care they need is not freely available through the UK healthcare system.
Finally, the team held a Great Menzies Bake Off to raise money for Grace Dear Trust. This small charity is working to bring about change within young people to raise awareness and remove the stigma which surrounds mental health. Raising £240, this charity is close to many hearts across the firm.
The Farnborough office used their dress down Fridays to raise £45 for the Grace Dear Trust and a further £28 for Options Pregnancy Crisis Centre Ashford which provides support for unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages and abortions.
Finally, with one of the team going out of secondment to Australia they raised raised £33 for Viva, a charity dedicated to saving the Kangaroo.
The Heathrow team raised £70 held a charity quiz and a further £160 from the Heathrow Health Club and £175 from Dress Down Fridays. These funds will be distributed to the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and Riding for the Disabled at Hampton.
The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre aims to make life with Multiple Sclerosis easier by offering specialist treatments and a community activities to help patient and those who have been newly diagnosed continue living fulfilled lives.
Riding for the Disabled provide horses and ponies to people with disabilities all over the UK for therapy, achievement and enjoyment.
Finally, in honour of the British Heart Foundation, the office raised £350 by ‘Wearing it Red’ – £250 of this was singlehandedly raised by retiring Partner/Superwoman Linda Richardson!
The London Office raised £500 through three Dress Down Fridays and two World Cup Sweepstakes.
The Solent office had their first dress down Friday which raised £58 and donated £250 to Warren Park Primary School in Havant towards the cost of supplying commemorative t-shirts to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday!
The team raised £1,675.95 at a gala dinner at The Woking Chamber of Commerce. By sponsoring the table and arranging a raffle and auction, this money will raised will be donated to LinkAble to help them continue providing sports, social and recreational activities for children and adults with a broad range of learning disabilities.
The team also embarked on a mini triathlon with staff, friends, family, dogs and mascot Teddy Menzies joined in the fun walking, swimming and cycling to raise £3,400 for two local Surrey based cancer charities, The Fountain Centre and Topic of Cancer.
Rise Against Dementia Cupcake Day
Heathrow raised £155
Woking raised £294.11