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The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s A Better City for All Impact Reception celebrated the first year of Appeal’s multi-year strategy at Mansion House on Tuesday 20 November, with over 200 guests hosted by the new Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Representatives from each of the Appeal’s charity partners shared personal testimonies about the impact of the Appeal’s work. Abu Hashim, an Onside Youth Zone volunteer from Wigan, spoke passionately about the opportunities the charity had given him to develop his career, Holly Buckley from Leeds Building Society shared about the difference the Samaritans’ ‘Wellbeing in the City’ tool had made to her colleagues, and Head Teacher Lynn Anderson spoke about the crucial difference Place2Be had made to her students.

On behalf of the Appeal’s initiatives, Vondo Nkomo, a former speaker from the Power of Diversity seminar series asked guests to consider the importance taking ‘Inclusion’ seriously. Alaina Dailey and Amelia Gould from Liberty Global Group talked about the importance of positive female role models in the City through our ‘She Can Be’ event, and Chris Meakin from Barclays spoke about the power of sharing personal stories about mental health through the ‘This is Me’ campaign.  

Andrew G Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, closed the event endorsing the importance of measuring charity impact and the work of the Appeal.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal would like to extend huge thanks to everyone who has supported our work over the last 12 months and in particular our corporate partners. This impact is possible because of your continued and generous support.