Mace donates over £900,000 in 2017
The Foundation’s report – published today [Monday 5 February] and available from Mace’s website – outlines the huge efforts to volunteer and raise money for charity from Mace’s people, clients and subcontractors in 2017.
Since it was established six years ago, the Foundation has directly donated more than £2,150,000 to help disadvantaged people and communities.
The Mace Foundation’s charity of the year partnership in 2017 was formed with Alzheimer’s Research UK. In total, the Foundation and Mace’s people raised more than £97,000 to fight the disease. Activities ranged from sponsored scuba diving, obstacle courses as well as completing the Three Peaks Challenge and taking part in the annual ‘Running Down Dementia’ challenge.
Following a number of tragic events in the UK last year – including bombing of the Manchester Arena, the London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire – the Foundation announced a new campaign to support Mind’s Blue Light Programme.
In total, Mace raised more than £145,000 for Mind’s Blue Light Programme, helping to fund vital mental health support for emergency workers across England and Wales.
Other highlights of last year included:
- Over 17,600 hours volunteered by Mace staff for organisations across the globe
- Helped to reach 25,000 people with Alzheimer’s Research UK translating dementia project
- £146,000 donated through the Foundation’s ‘match funding’ initiative for charitable giving by Mace’s people
- 3,500 callers supported on Mind’s ‘Infoline’ service, providing vital information and support to those suffering from mental health issues
The Foundation has also helped a wide variety of different causes around the world, from helping to transform a hospital in West Bengal to improving children’s access to quality education in a number of developing countries.
Mace employees have voted for their charity of the year for 2018, and selected Macmillan Cancer Support. To kick start the campaign for 2018, the Foundation donated £15,000 to fund over 500 Macmillan nursing hours across the UK.
Mark Reynolds, Mace’s Chief Executive and Mace Foundation Chairman, said:
“I’m thrilled at the amount of money that we’ve donated over the last twelve months. It’s a real testament to the drive and community spirit of Mace’s people – as well as our clients and supply chain. I’m particularly pleased that we raised so much for the global fight against dementia, and that we were able to support Mind’s excellent Blue Light Programme.”
Faye McGuinness, Blue Light Programme Manager, at, Mind, said:
“Emergency service workers do an extremely challenging job day in, day out, frequently encountering difficult and traumatic situations. But they’re not immune to mental health problems - in fact, our own research has found over 9 in 10 emergency services workers have experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health while working, and over one in four admitted that this had caused them to contemplate suicide. That’s why it’s so important that comprehensive, ongoing mental health support is available for all of our emergency services. Thanks to the incredible funds raised through the Mace Foundation and employees we’ll be able to provide even more support to emergency services staff and volunteers who have been affected by poor mental health this year.”
Felicity James, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer's Research UK, said:
“Our partnership with Mace has been fantastic and we’re astonished by how much employees have raised. We’re so grateful to all of them as they’ve made a huge difference in the fightback against dementia. As well as being amazing fundraisers, Mace has been brilliant in helping Alzheimer's Research UK to raise awareness of dementia in communities where, in some cases, there isn’t even a name for the condition. With dementia now being the leading cause of death in the UK, it’s vital that people understand what de-mentia is and know that it can be beaten through research. Thanks to Mace, we’re now able to reach peo-ple we never could before.”
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