In an incredibly challenging year for charities, the Invesco Cares Foundation can confirm it has donated over £560,000 to a variety of organisations since the beginning of April 2020.
As Charity of the Year, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), has received a record-breaking sum of over £223,500 from The Invesco Cares Foundation, including funds raised by employees in a virtual triathlon, a salary sacrifice scheme and Invesco’s Christmas donation inspired by the #XmasPartyHeroes campaign.
Invesco is delighted to announce that the Charity of the Year partnership with CALM will continue in 2021.
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said “Invesco’s incredible support this year has helped grow CALM’s life-saving services at a time when demand has been exceptionally high. Since the first national lockdown we’ve spent over a million minutes helping people with issues such as isolation, loneliness, anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, and financial stress, directly preventing 232 suicides.”
“By working side by side we can continue to have a positive impact on people’s lives. That is why we can’t wait to see what new and exciting opportunities the new year brings and to once again come together and see people showing their support at outdoor fundraising events.”
Throughout the pandemic Invesco has continued to support local charities with donations totalling over £124,000. In a new programme for this year, Invesco invited nominations from employees for local charities to receive a further Recovery Fund donation. Thirty-nine charities* local to both the Henley-on-Thames office and the Portman Square London office were successful and each received a £5,555 donation.
Claire Myers, Invesco Cares Manager said, “We are delighted to be able to donate to the organisations close to our employees’ hearts with our additional Recovery Fund of £216,000. Smaller local charities have been hit hard by the pandemic with increased demand and fewer fundraising opportunities, and we sincerely hope these donations will help them to recover from an extremely tough year.”
*Local charities receiving a Recovery Fund donation are: MS Society, Duchenne UK, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Ataxia UK, Runnymede Trust, Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity, Chemogiftbags, The Albert Kennedy Trust, CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop in Centre), The Children’s Trust, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, The Ways and Means Trust, Croydon Supplementary Education Project (CSEP), Alzheimer’s Research UK, The Maypole Project, Trust House Reading, World, Education Berkshire (RISC), SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death charity), Crohn’s & Colitis UK , No5 Young People, First Days Children’s Charity, UpReach, First Love Foundation, Berkshire Women’s Aid (BWA), Reading Voluntary Action, Haven House Children’s Hospice, Blood Cancer UK, SOFEA, Dingley’s Promise, Anthony Nolan , Assisting Berkshire Children (ABC) to Read, Campaign Against Living Miserably, Action for Kids, Orchid Cancer, YMCA: Henley On Thames, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, Youth Experience in Sport – YES charity, Cherished Whispers, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf people.