Invesco is happy to announce that its employees raised £15,819.84 for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) in the annual “last hour” salary sacrifice scheme almost double the amount raised by the same initiative previously.
CALM, Invesco’s Charity of the Year 2020, is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Since lockdown was announced they have responded to a significant increase in demand: their professional helpline staff have answered over 20,000 calls and webchats, and have directly prevented 93 suicides.
Recognising the importance of CALM’s work, Claire Myers, Charity & Community Support Manager at Invesco, said “Mental health is a cause close to all of our hearts and the increased employee contributions this year reflect how strongly we all feel. We are privileged to be in a position to raise awareness and help fund the vital work CALM do at such a crucial time.”
The Invesco Cares Foundation has also donated an additional £50,000 to CALM to not only match these employee donations, but to cover the shortfall in fundraising during the lockdown period.
Simon Gunning, CEO of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), said, “We’re grateful for Invesco’s extremely generous donation to the CALM cause. Since lockdown we’ve experienced a huge surge in demand for our helpline, and the demand continues to be unprecedented. That means, right now, we’re taking a record number of calls from people who are struggling. Invesco’s donation means we’ll be able to answer over 6,000 calls and webchats, continuing to support those who need us most.”
In an EMEA-wide initiative, Invesco also announced an increase to the Volunteering Leave entitlement currently offered to employees. Staff can now take up to eight days paid leave in 2020 to support charities and their local communities that have been impacted by the current crisis. In addition, the Emergency Volunteer Leave policy means that anyone with medical qualifications can take unlimited paid leave to volunteer to support medical and social care sectors.
Matthew Heath, Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA, at Invesco said “Being able to help others is also an important part of staying positive and managing our own wellbeing during the current difficult situation and we want to encourage colleagues to give back to their community. Whether it is helping vulnerable neighbours or volunteering at a local food bank, we, like so many others, want to do what we can to support those impacted by COVID-19.”