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.
The Leatherhead team raised £83 for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day and raided their homes to fill and donate seven full Christmas Shoe Boxes for the elderly patients of Royal Surrey County Hospital.
The Farnborough team raised £240 from a mufti day and proceeds from the Brighter Futures Sweepstake to help fund a toilet block in a school in Uganda.
The Heathrow team raised £55 on Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children and raised a further £80 for Christmas parcels sent to the office. All the money raised was donated to Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and Riding for the Disabled at Hampton Court.
The Solent team raised £80 for Children In Need, £57 for Jeans for Genes, £85.10 for Wear it Pink and £80 for Save the Children totalling £302.10.
They also participated with their office neighbours at Zurich with some of their events, they helped to collect and fill rucksacks for the homeless at Christmas time.
They managed to collect and fill: 8 full rucksacks, 1 empty rucksack (which the project will fill with loose donations), 5 full wash bags, 7 sleeping bags, 1 camping pillow, 12 coats/fleeces/jumpers, 7 hats, 7 pairs of gloves, 18 pairs of socks and a bag full of loose toiletries!
They also helped Zurich to buy Christmas gifts for less fortunate children.
The London team raised £150 from Jeans for Genes day, held a bake sale for CALM a mental health charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide in men under the age of 45 (raising £500) and donated £3,000 to Age UK Camden!
The Payroll Team at the Woking office cooked a Curry Lunch and raised £572 for Macmillan Cancer Research.
They raised £60 from raffle ticket sales for the Horsell and Woking RSPCA and collected socks, boxers, hats and gloves, rucksacks, deodorant, shower gels, tea, coffee and hot chocolate etc. at Christmas for The York Road Project for the Homeless to help them through the Winter. The team also donated £1,000 to the same project and raised £150 from Christmas Jumper/fancy dress day in the office.
After all that the team still had time to raise £121.25 from Jeans for Genes day and donate £1,000 to Woking Hospice!