With the coronavirus pandemic keeping our UK and Ireland offices working from home for the majority of the year, we decided to do what we could to help our local communities as much as possible.
Over the course of the year we donated:
- £11,000 to Waterloo Foodbank.
- £5,000 to local organisation Voyage Youth, a London-based charity that works with young Black and Minority Ethnic people who feel marginalised and/or on the fringes of mainstream education and aims to combat social exclusion and low educational achievement by providing them with development opportunities.
- £8,500 to three Northern Ireland health organisations - Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, Charis Integrated Cancer Care and Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and £1,698 to Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust, which aims to raise awareness on mental health and decrease the stigma surrounding suicide.
- €900 in the Republic of Ireland spread equally between the following – ISPCC, Pieta House, Alone, Novas, Jack and Jill Foundation, Merchants Quay Ireland, Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic, DSPCA and the Simon Community.
- £2000 towards the Manila Disaster Relief Fund following the devastating typhoons, in November 2020.
- £1,600 with The Book Trust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and is committed to helping teachers and families develop a culture of literacy by increasing access to books.
- With Christmas fast approaching and the extra pressures that can bring we rounded the year off with donations in the amount of:
- £2,000 to Family Action and £2,000 to People’s Kitchen in Newcastle
- £1,200 to Save the Children
- £1,000 to The Salvation Army & St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Family Appeal
We have also supported a number of staff individual causes, with £2,200 going towards Alex Stickler, Daniel Horscroft and Russell Green’s individual efforts for Movember and in recognition of Orlagh McNicholls and Eoin Lawell’s climb to the summit of Slieve Donard of the Mourne mountains to promote mental health awareness for a Belfast health charity Aware NI.
A big thank you to everyone’s generosity, which combined with additional amounts contributed by IQ-EQ has led to over £40,000 in donations to the charities across in UK and Ireland!