17 May

City Giving Day - benefitting communities and businesses

Last week saw the second of our City Giving Day breakfasts take place at Mansion House.

These breakfasts give those attending a chance to hear from organisations who have taken part in the event over previous years as well as the charities that City Giving Day benefits. 

The morning began with Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman speaking about the transformational effect The Lord Mayors Appeal has on people across the city. In 2021 we had 504 organisations take part in City Giving Day with half a million pounds raised for charity, but this year Sheriff Gowman asked those attending to help us do even better by getting involved and encouraging other businesses to do the same. 

Alex Hay from The Duke of Edinburgh Awards spoke to the attendees about the partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and how the funds raised at City Giving Day benefits the charity. He revealed that the partnership has helped to fund nearly 600 leaders across the city, as well as fund 2,500 participant places for those who couldn’t have afforded to take part in the DofE Award over last two years. This year the charity aims to add another 4,000 to this total and fundraising on City Giving Day can help achieve this. 

We were thrilled to have Byron Spring join us from Clearly Gottlieb who have had City Giving Day as an ongoing fixture in their calendars for the last few years. Byron chatted about how City Giving Day has boosted engagement with their own staff as well as providing a fantastic platform for visibility both internally and externally. He also recognised that taking part on the day has also helped in building a community with their charity partners and those who are from the local area.

Sarah Baker from Lloyds provided some great tips on what activity they have done over the past few years and emphasised how the day is the perfect platform to really embrace some fun activity for the whole company to take part in. 

City Giving Day project Manager Jan Foster also presented at the breakfast giving an overview of what happens on the actual day, how to get involved and potentially have the Lord Mayor visit your company and she also highlighted the events we put on which are free to join. 

This year City Giving Day is on 27th September, and you can sign up now to get involved

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