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#GivingTuesday 2016 Set To Be The UK’s Biggest Yet




#GivingTuesday 2016 is set to be the biggest yet, with people, charities and businesses nationwide coming together to support good causes.

The global day of giving, now in its third year in the UK, has been the top trending item on Twitter since about 8am.

By 2pm the #givingtuesday hashtag had been used 30,000 times in the UK. The total potential global reach of #givingtuesday on Twitter today by that point was 435 million.

The campaign is led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation. More than 1,500 UK charities and businesses are backing the campaign this year – up from 1,400 last year. Organisations are encouraging staff, customers and the public to ‘do good stuff’ by giving money, time or their voice to a good cause today.

Highlights of the day so far have included:

  • A choir of MPs singing Christmas carols on College Green to raise money to support the work of doctors in Aleppo, as part of the Singing for Syrians appeal. MPs taking part included Victoria Prentis, Will Quince, Robert Buckland, Andrea Jenkyns and Eilidh Whiteford. Pictures are available on request.
  • Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown appearing in a video for Paypal, promoting its offer to add £1 to Cancer Research UK donations over £10 made using Paypal.
  • Staff at Marie Curie UK writing personalised thank you letters to their supporters.
  • Checkout staff at Morrisons wearing #givingtuesday stickers today and encouraging customers to top up their shop with a charitable donation.
  • eBay launching a pop up #givingtuesday shop to raise money for a number of good causes.

High profile figures supporting #givingtuesday on social media today so far have included entrepreneur Richard Branson, comedian Ricky Gervais, author JK Rowling, consumer journalist Martin Lewis, diver Tom Daley, choreographer Arlene Philips, comedian Sarah Millican, Towie star Samantha Faiers, actor Sir Tony Robinson and Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson.

Kim Roberts, senior campaigns officer at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

#givingtuesday is all about people joining together to do support good causes.

“It has been fantastic to see people all over the country getting behind #givingtuesday to support huge numbers of charities in a multitude of different ways.

“This is the UK’s third #givingtuesday and looks set to be the biggest yet.

“Whether it’s giving money, volunteering time, promoting a favourite charity or doing something nice to put a smile on the face of a colleague, there’s a huge appetite to do good stuff.”

Other brands lending their support to #givingtuesday today include the Financial Times, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, QVC, The Entertainer, Costa, Virgin Money Giving, and BT, which hosted a launch event at the BT Tower this morning.


New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team



Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team.

Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid. 

Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of assets on behalf of 643 charities nationwide, making it a leading charity manager in the UK.

Charles has over 30 years’ investment experience and has worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Newton Investment Management and Investec Wealth & Investment. Among other key roles at these firms, he was responsible for founding and launching the Charities Property Fund with Savills in 2000: the first Common Investment Fund investing in UK commercial property. Over 1,800 charities have invested in it to date with assets of over £1 billion.

In his new role at Quilter Cheviot, Charles will help develop the firm’s specialist charity capability. 

Charles commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining Quilter Cheviot. Not only do they have an envious track record of delivering robust performance, but also a strong reputation for helping charities with their investments. Quilter Cheviot retain the ethos that the people you meet are the people managing your portfolio. As a trustee, I am only too aware of the challenges facing charities and the value put on having a strong relationship with someone you can trust.”

William Reid head of charities commented “We are delighted to welcome Charles to Quilter Cheviot as he is well qualified to enhance our capabilities. In light of the significant advice gap in the charities sector, the key to help resolving this is to recruit high calibre individuals who not only understand investment but are in tune with the challenges that trustees face.”

Charles is a trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, RL Glasspool, a grant giving charity which aims to help people step out of poverty, and PRISM, which helps to promote and to facilitate charitable giving in a flexible and efficient manner. Charles also sits on the board of the Charity Investors Group, a forum promoting a greater understanding of investment within the sector.

Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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£6,000 Raised For Charities Through Business Networking Events



Nominate your favourite charity by Howard Lake via flickr

Double Whammy Networking CIC (DW), a social enterprise that organises successful Southend and Castle Point business networking events.

The events focus on effective business networking, but the events are sponsored and at least 60% of the ticket price goes to a ‘charity pot’ to support local charities and good causes.

By the end of 2016, DW had raised a grand total of £6,000 to support 22 different charities and community groups.

Managing director Jill Poet stressed that ensuring quality business networking is always a priority and that, apart from an optional card draw, no fundraising takes place at the actual events. She explained: “I’m a veteran networker myself and I understand the importance of business people being able to attend an event without feeling pressurised to give, give, give.. We just don’t do that, although we often find that excellent long term relationships are established between the business and community sectors. Additionally, our events are ad hoc and there is no joining or membership fee, no commitment to attend regularly, and no requirement to give an elevator pitch. The events are relaxed and ideal for established businesses and start-ups: we make everyone welcome.”

The next event is a networking breakfast sponsored by and to be held at the Arlington Ballrooms in Leigh-on-Sea on 17th January. A basic ticket is just £7.50 including refreshments. £6 from each ticket sold will go towards supporting the SoS Domestic Abuse Project and SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex)

Booking is essential. Book via this link Or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387 for more information.

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