Teenage Cancer Trust
Our Retail Savings Change team and Operations staff decided to challenge themselves to raise £35,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust South East Appeal. They have organised a fashion show, balloon races and pamper days and encouraged colleagues to join then in opportunities to run the Brighton Marathon, do a skydive, climb the 3 Peaks, cycle 180 miles and complete sponsored swims. The teams are on track to meet and exceed their target and all very proud to have made such a difference to the work and support provided by this charity.
Children in Need
This year, as part of the official network of Call Centres, employee volunteers from Hove used their skills in helping our customers with phone queries, to help Children in Need. They took calls from members of the public making donations and pledges for the BBCs' Children in Need Appeal on Friday 18 November.
The evening began at 6.30pm, and by the time the phone lines closed at 12.30am on Saturday morning, the teams had answered more than 3,000 calls and taken over £100,000 in donations.
Keith Stoneham, Customer Services Director, Retail Savings Operations said: "It was an immensely proud moment for the teams to be supporting Children in Need. The enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone who was involved in either answering calls or supporting the evening was really inspiring. To know that we took that many calls and raised so much money was a fantastic achievement".
The Argus Appeal
Legal & General has been supporting the Argus Appeal since 2000 and in that time has enabled the Appeal to raise over £1.5m for local charities, community groups and individuals in need in Sussex.
More than 200 charities and organisations are helped each year and 12 vehicles have been donated to local charities. Each Christmas 1,400 pensioners and low income families each receive supermarket vouchers to help them have a happier Christmas.
Argus Editor, and chairman of the Argus Appeal trustees, thanked the Legal & General for it's continued support; "This enables the Argus Appeal to continue raising money for those in need in our community."
The Martets Hospice
Since opening it's doors to the first patients in 1997, hospice staff and volunteers have cared for over 4,000 people from the local community. Legal & General began supporting the Martlets in 2007 and since that time have raised £67, 177. We have been able to buy ;
Eighteen televisions with Freeview access
Sky TV for the in-patient lounge
Five in-patient beds with specialised reclining functions
Six electric recliner armchairs
191 days of 'Hospice at Home' patient care.
275 counselling sessions for patients and their families.
We are now fund raising for in-patient nursing support which costs £499 a day. A nurse on the in-patient unit will work with 3 or 4 patients for the duration of their stay.
Brighton Festival Fringe
Legal & General has supports a bursary scheme for Fringe Festival, so that twelve new artists living within the BN1 postcode can take part. The Festival Fringe is important to both the people of Brighton and to the local economy. The bursaries have made it easier for local artists to start up their businesses in tougher economic times by reducing the financial barriers to taking part in the Festival.
David Sheppeard, a producer of a fringe event said, "The Legal &General bursary is quite simply giving me the chance to bring artists to perform that I otherwise wouldn't be able to. It is providing an invaluable opportunity for me as an aspiring producer and will give audiences a great experience as well."
Sussex Crimestoppers is a charity dedicated to fighting crime across Sussex. In 2011 Legal & General has supported the ‘Super Heroes’ campaign , which developed a range of ‘storyboards’ (leaflets) which have been distributed across Sussex, each focusing on a different crime ( burglary, arson , drink –driving ) and remind people that they can give information to Crimestoppers anonymously. With our support they have raised their profile and encouraged more businesses to get involved in supporting Crimestoppers, hrough the ‘Golden Handcuffs’ Club. Actionable calls have risen by 10%, the highest in the South East.
Albion in the Community
Legal & General are a Premier Division Community Partner of AITC, supporting a pilot project for an education programme. The pilot will involve a local school and local junior soccer team and will offer family learning with the theme of “developing young people” incorporating the following:
Volunteering and volunteer training.
Personal and social development.
Key skills/ Numeracy and Literacy