The Worshipful Company of Actuaries has raised over £ 72,000 to help chosen charities which have suffered a drop in their regular income due to COVID-19 just when there has been a significant increase in the need for their services.
When choosing the charities, the livery company considered how it could respond at the same time to the surge in support for the Black Lives Matter campaign and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the BAME community in London.
At the beginning of July, the Master, Wardens, Immediate Past Master and Clerk of the Company set up a ‘matching fund’. Members of the Company were invited to donate and match this amount by the end of July, which they more than did. The trustees of the Company’s charitable trust then made payments to the following charities:
- Brainwave – to provide new online therapy that helps children with disabilities achieve greater independence
- East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services – to install a new chat messaging service on their website as a potential lifeline to the abused
- The Felix Project – to feed those most at risk of hunger and malnutrition
- The Marylebone Project – to provide shelter and rehabilitation for homeless women
- The Stephen Lawrence Trust – to provide high impact programmes that inspire and enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed
- Suited and Booted – to help vulnerable, unemployed men to look smart and be mentally prepared for job interviews
- XLP – to help young BAME people escape from gang violence and knife crime
‘’I am delighted to have led this campaign and be able to reinforce one of our primary objectives of supporting charities, particularly when it will make a real difference in these difficult times. My thanks goes to all those who have helped to achieve this fantastic result.’’
Fiona Morrison, Master of the Company