Business Charity Awards 2015: Outstanding Employee - Clare Francis MoneySuperMarket

For an individual in a company who has made an exceptional contribution to charity with the support of his or her employer

Clare Francis
Clare Francis

Who is the winner?

Clare Francis joined the price-comparison website MoneySuperMarket seven years ago and now leads its editorial team. She has been a champion for the mental health charity Mind since her husband Mark took his own life in 2011.

What did she do?

Francis played a pivotal role in the choice by MoneySuperMarket staff of Mind as its charity partner for 2013 and 2014. The partnership has raised more than £152,000 - more than double the target, with MoneySuperMarket matching all employee fundraising. She has taken on challenging events, including half-marathons, and has encouraged colleagues to join her in raising funds for Mind.

Francis is conscious of the need to banish stigma and raise awareness of mental health issues and has spoken openly about her experience at events and in magazines and blogs. Raising awareness of mental health problems has engaged staff with the cause and strengthened their commitment to supporting Mind.

She has also successfully used her contacts and reputation in the media to secure fundraising opportunities and support for Mind.

What has she achieved?

Francis has successfully increased understanding of mental health problems among staff at MoneySuperMarket, encouraging colleagues with mental health problems or those caring for people with mental health problems to talk about their experiences. She continues to support Mind in a number of ways, including by offering strategic advice as a member of its corporate development board and through helping to secure pro bono support for its work.

What do the judges say?

Matthew Fitch, section engineer at Laing O'Rourke, says: "It's amazing that Clare has been able to work through a personal tragedy and raise not only a substantial amount of money for charity but also awareness among those around her of the impact of mental health issues."


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