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How 13 firms made a difference in 2018 - part 2

In the second of our two-part series, we highlight the difference firms have made to the community this year

GAM Charity Football Tournament 2018

The annual charity event was once again a big success, and helped to raise over £15,000 for the chosen charity, the Institute for Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy (ICVI).

Citywire ended winning the trophy, beating Invesco 3-1 in the final.

A more than honourable mention should be given to Invesco too. The eventual runners-up travelled across from Ireland to take part, and were level for most of the final, before a 3-1 defeat.

 

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GAM Charity Football Tournament 2018

The annual charity event was once again a big success, and helped to raise over £15,000 for the chosen charity, the Institute for Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy (ICVI).

Citywire ended winning the trophy, beating Invesco 3-1 in the final.

A more than honourable mention should be given to Invesco too. The eventual runners-up travelled across from Ireland to take part, and were level for most of the final, before a 3-1 defeat.

 

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The Pentelow Practice sponsors children’s literary festival

Yorkshire-based wealth manager The Pentelow Practice helped bring together some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors to meet young readers at the inaugural Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival.

The company, which is a St James’s Place practice, was a major sponsor of the event, funding tickets for pupils from 11 primary schools so they could attend. In total, 2,000 schoolchildren from schools across North Yorkshire got to hear from over 65 authors and childhood literacy champions, including Clare Balding and Chris White.

The Pentelow Practice also ran a ‘little authors’ writing competition for the children of its private and corporate clients in the run-up to the festival.

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RWC cycles to Barcelona for charity 

RWC’s head of European intermediary distribution, Gary Tuffield, led a cycling team on a 380-mile ride from Biarritz to Barcelona to raise money for charity. The team is comprised of RWC employees.

Team RWC really broke through the pain barrier, cycling an average 75 miles a day on a route that goes through the Pyrenees and climbs eight different mountains.

The team completed the ride in aid of The Oscar Foundation, which Tuffield set up in memory of his son in 2010. The funds raised will help provide funding for an orphanage that will be built by the charity.

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Thesis supports pop art exhibition

Thesis Asset Management sponsored the Pallant House Gallery’s exhibition ‘POP! Art in a Changing Britain’.

The exhibition explores how pop art emerged, addressing the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity, questions of identity and prevalent political concerns.

It featured pieces across advertising, science fiction and music industries.

 

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Redmayne Bentley to support children’s charity with three peaks challenge

Mark Rigby, head of Redmayne Bentley’s Cambridge branch, is raising money for Brainbow by undertaking a triple challenge this summer.

Rigby climbed up Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike and Wales’ Snowdon with a group of friends, with the team named Build Momentum. In total they climbed the three peaks in 24 hours.

 

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SJP's second Duke of Edinburgh Adventure

St James’ Place Wealth Management sponsored the second Duke of Edinburgh Adventure.

1,000 hikers who have registered to complete a 50km hike over the weekend in the Cotswolds. Each hiker has committed to raising at least £150 in sponsorship to support the Duke of Edinburgh Charity.

Over 80 employees and member of St James’s Place partner practices participated, fundraising and supporting the adventure.

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More than 50 fund managers aim to raise £2m at Diversity City events

A number of leading fund managers got together to arrange a series of events throughout the year promoting diversity and inclusivity.

The Diverse City campaign, chaired by LGIM's Helena Morrissey,  aims to raise £2 million for charitable projects, including mentoring, apprenticeships and training to improve access to City careers.

The series kicked off with a gala night at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments on 21 May. This was followed by an event at the National Museum in Cardiff, sponsored by Legal & General Investment Management on 27 June, while Standard Life Aberdeen and Virgin Money hosted a dinner in Edinburgh on 13 September. The series culminated with an event at London’s Guildhall, in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, on 29 October.

Over 50 major firms have committed to the initiative, with Schroders, Aviva, Old Mutual and Columbia Threadneedle also supporting it. 

 

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JM Finn launches recycling initiative

JM Finn has invested in reusable cups for all of its staff in a bid to help reduce the 2.5 billion takeaway ones thrown away each year, with just one in 400 recycled.

The Keepcups can be used for three years and then recycled.

In April, Waitrose stopped serving coffee in paper cups, forcing customers to bring their own beakers, in a move expected to save 52 million being thrown away each year.

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WH Ireland’s Poole office hits right note with BSO support

WH Ireland’s Poole office supported the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) schools’ concerts.

The orchestra performed free concerts for more than 5,000 children across the South West. The events were also live streamed. The concerts were held at the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre of the Arts, on 22 May.

 

The concerts mark 125 years for the orchestra, and will be presented by composer James Redwood.

 

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Sightseeing cycle tour celebrates women

To mark the centenary of the first women winning the right to vote in the UK, Santander and Transport for London (TfL) launched a Tour de Force, a sightseeing cycle tour of landmarks linked with pioneering and inspirational women.

The first ride was led by Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, three-time world and Olympic champion and Santander ambassador.

The route began at Kensington Gardens and ended at Waterloo Place at the statue of Florence Nightingale.

 

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Brown Shipley takes on 360-mile cycle challenge

Brown Shipley took on a 360-mile cycling challenge to raise £20,000 for three local charities – Spires, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the Christie Cancer Hospital.

Cycling from London to Amsterdam over four consecutive days, the team began the ride on 29 August. There were 18 cyclists from Brown Shipley’s London, Manchester and Nottingham offices taking part, as well as from the firm’s Dutch sister company InsingerGilissen.

 

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Coutts 325th anniversary drive raises £326k for Coram

Coutts & Co hit its ambitious target of raising more than £325,000 for children’s charity Coram last year. The private bank’s staff raised a record £326,313 for the cause through a range of events held throughout the year.

A whopping £175,000 was generated through Coutts’ 325th anniversary baton relay held in September. The event saw a baton being taken to visit all 15 of the company’s regional offices.

Coutts staff walked, ran, cycled, skipped, hopped, jumped, punted, sailed, helicoptered, hula-hooped, drove in classic cars and tanks, and finally took a horse-drawn coach to deliver the baton to Coutts’ head office at 440 Strand.

Coutts CEO Peter Flavel (pictured) said: 'We set ourselves an ambitious target and I am incredibly proud of all the staff who gave their time and money to help us get there.

'Coram is doing fantastic work to help the most vulnerable children in society and I am thrilled that Coutts has been able to contribute towards its work.’

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BCFC legend kicks off AFH charity game

Birmingham City legend Paul Tait (pictured) added a sprinkling of star talent to AFH Financial’s charity football match on 13 July.

He officially kicked off AFH’s annual staff versus advisers football match, which this year was held at South Bromsgrove High School and raised money for AFH’s nominated 2018 charity, Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Tait made history in 1995 when he scored the first-ever ‘golden goal’ to decide a major tournament, in Birmingham’s 1-0 win against Carlisle United in the League Trophy final at Wembley.

Admission to the match cost £2. Last month a team of AFH staff, including team captain Miles Wyatt, raised more the £3,100 for the hospital in the Great Birmingham 10K run.

 

 

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Has this inspired you?  

Are you better than your peers at navigating unforeseen obstacles and balancing assets in challenging situations?

If the answer is yes to both, why not put your skills to the test at this year’s Great Christmas Pudding Race in aid of Cancer Research UK? The race will be held in the Piazza in Covent Garden in London on 8 December.

Teams of wealth and asset managers are encouraged to apply to compete in this year’s race. Each team will have a fundraising target of £1,000.

The race involves teams of six completing a festive relay obstacle course. Contestants will have to navigate inflatable obstacles and a foam slalom course, as well as decorating a Christmas tree – all while balancing a Christmas pudding on a tray. Not an easy task!

Contestants typically compete in fancy dress, with a prize awarded to the team with the most creative costumes – as well as a prize for the race winners.

The registration fee is £75.

If you are unable to enter a team, feel free to make a donation to a cause that is close to our hearts - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mr-pudding1

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