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 Three (2018).
Cardiff Office donated two large bags of food to the Cardiff Food Bank. The food bank help local people in crisis by providing three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support.
They also raised £138 for Layla May Appeal through Dress Down Fridays.
Leatherhead Office managed to raise £70 for Step by Step. They are a young people’s charity who provide accommodation, personal development opportunities and specialist support services for young people who are going through hard times, including homelessness.
£100 was donated to The Hope Foundation (HOPE) who help restore basic human rights to the street-connected children in Kolkata, India. Laura Madeley has seen first hand the help that this charity gives to the children.
£48 for Challengers through Dress Down Fridays. Challengers develops and delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people.
The Farnborough Office raised £46 for Tax Aid by dressing down on 31 January – End of Tax Year! Tax Aid helps people with a tax problem if HMRC can’t sort it out.
They also raised £27 for Launchpad which is a homeless charity in Reading. They provide services which help to prevent homelessness and support people individually.
The Heathrow Office raised £80 for the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and Riding for the Disabled at Hampton Court. This was done through selling premier seats, sweets & popcorn for their film night.
The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre makes life with Multiple Sclerosis easier. They help newly diagnosed and people who have lived with MS for a while with specialised treatments within an understanding, supportive community.
Riding for the Disabled provide horses and ponies for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.
The London Office donated £3,000 to Age UK Camden. They have a vision to make the UK a great place to grow older, they do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways.
They also donated £500 to Calm a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.
£500 to Genes for Jeans a charity which tackles genetic disorders at birth and children who are diagnosed at different stages of their lives. They give multi-sensory rooms, specialist nursing care and summer fun for young carers.
The Woking Office raised £127.33 for York Road Project in Woking during the cold snap (Help the Homeless) through Dress Down Fridays. York Road provide emergency and longer term accommodation for those experiencing homelessness.
The Heathrow Office raised £126.22 for Sport Relief. Sport Relief is a worldwide charity that helps raise money to be able to support more than 2,000 projects in the UK and around the world.
The Woking Office Payroll team organised a Sports Relief event by holding a Hamper Raffle, selling homemade cakes and a 2 week step competition, they managed to raise £237.06.
Wear a hat day 2018
Heathrow Office raised £145.73
Leatherhead Office raised £110
London Office Raised £140.80
Solent Office Raised £242.35 which includes Zurich’s 50% match.
Cardiff Office Raised £49
Woking Office Raised £157