Fundraising News: Why I Give - Ben Pritchett-Brown, Standard & Poor's

Ben Pritchett-Brown is sales director for credit ratings and indices company Standard & Poor's. He chairs Young Macmillan and takes part in fundraising events in London every year.

What charities do you support and why?

I have volunteered for Macmillan Cancer Relief for eight years and am co-chairman of Young Macmillan, a London committee that organises events in support of the charity. I take part in two events a year. The one we organised at Brixton Prison a couple of years ago raised around £120,000.

I also make donations to the Grange Park Opera in Winchester. I support them both through personal financial contributions and my company. Standard & Poor's and its parent company McGraw-Hill encourage staff who volunteer or fundraise for charity. They give my chosen charity £500 a year as an incentive and they also have a gift-matching scheme.

What fundraising event are you involved in at the moment? We are currently preparing Young Macmillan's annual Carols by Candlelight, set to take place on Monday 6 December at St Paul's, Knightsbridge. This year's concert is sponsored by the Abbey and is organised by a group of individuals who work in the City and West End. My most recent involvement was helping to organise the Summer Serenade, a concert of classical music and light opera in Chelsea on 30 June.

What do you bring to the charities you help?

I know it probably sounds like the usual line you get, but a keenness to spread the message and to engage your friends in charity. I get enormous satisfaction by doing it. It was one of my friends who involved me in Macmillan in the first place.

How does your support for charity fit with your job? I attend the main committee of Young Macmillan, which oversees 10 individual events committees.

My company is very understanding. I do a lot of travelling abroad and they are aware of my charity involvement. Once they flew me back to London so that I could attend a Macmillan event. They knew I had to be there.

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