Business Charity Awards: Charity partnership, financial services - Simply Business with Whizz-Kidz

For an outstanding partnership between a company in the financial services sector and a UK charity

Staff were involved in a variety of fundraising activities
Staff were involved in a variety of fundraising activities

What is the partnership?

The insurance broker Simply Business has committed to working with the disability charity Whizz-Kidz for at least the next 10 years to build a brighter future for young disabled people. The partnership aims to raise £150,000 in the first three years. It has set itself a target of clearing the current waiting list for mobility equipment, because the right mobility equipment at the right time in a young person's life enables them to reach their full potential.

What did the company do?

The company matches payroll-giving payments donated from employees' salaries: in the past 12 months, £16,000 has been raised in this way. Staff have taken part in fundraising events including an international trek, team running event and team skydive. In 2018, a team will be traversing Costa Rica, with a record number of applications demonstrating the increasing level of staff engagement.

Employees have also provided pro-bono design expertise to the charity and have used their skills to create technology to benefit wheelchair users, including voice-controlled accessible travel information.

Renovations in Simply Business’s Northampton office and the design of its new London office took into account disabled access. This made it possible for 10 young wheelchair users to hold their quarterly meeting in the London office, saving the charity considerable venue hire costs.

Why did it win?

In 2017, the team went above and beyond the annual target of £50,000, which was reached three months early. At the start of the third year of partnership, fundraising stands at £117,000. Simply Business anticipates exceeding the three-year target of £150,000 by a significant amount.

Highly commended

Barclays Bank with the Jubilee Sailing Trust

Investec with Arrival Education

Finalists

Citi with VSO and Balloon Ventures

HSBC with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

NatWest Bank with The Conservation Volunteers

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