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 One (2018).
Our Leatherhead office managed to raise £146 for Transform Housing & Support – a local charity who offer high-quality housing, support and home care to enhance the lives of the homeless who want to live independent and fulfilling lives.
This is one of the Leatherhead’s three annual charities.
They also raised £61 for The Leatherhead Youth Project (LYP) through a Dress Down Friday. The LYP provide services for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in Leatherhead with the aim of helping young people to be safe, happy, resilient and able to make positive changes in their own lives and their community.
Heathrow Office held a Charity walk (12 miles, Staines to Hampton Court) and held two dress down Fridays raising £580 for Little Roo Neonatal Fund at St Peter’s Hospital.
The Woking office raised just over £200 for their recent dress down Fridays. Following the passing away of one of their team’s dearest, £100 will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.
The Cardiff office continue to collect food items for the local foodbank and held a dress down Friday each month to help raise valuable funds for the Layla-Mae appeal. Layla-Mae is the 10 year old daughter of a colleague who is currently under the care of University Hospital Wales and Great Ormond Street for seizures and brain tumours.
The Farnborough office hosted their annual quiz night on 19th September at Pine Ridge Golf Club. All of the staff were involved in running the evening for clients and contacts of Menzies. The event raised a total of £1,565 for the Vine Centre – a charity based in Aldershot that helps to empower and enable vulnerable & socially isolated adults to improve their quality of life.
In addition to their monthly dress down Fridays, the London office completed a charity walk from Richmond to Leicester Square in aid of the Harington Scheme – a charity that provides a unique opportunity for young adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties. They aim to deliver individual learning programmes designed to help them into employment, further education or a more rewarding life.
They have currently raised £474.83 (inclusive of gift aid).
Firm wide initiatives – Jeans for Genes Day
The firm raised an estimated £700 with the Woking office adding to the dress down fun with a ‘guess the baby’ and an office raffle with donated gifts from across the teams.