Aegon raises more than £140,000 for charity

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  • ​ Nine employee selected charity partners across the UK benefit from Aegon employee fundraising in 2020

The pandemic didn’t stall fundraising in 2020, as Aegon employees working with their Atos colleagues raised a total of £142,368.06 for nine employee selected charity partners UK wide.

The company charity committees and employees coordinated everything from raffles, quizzes and dress up days, to running challenges, virtual coffee mornings and pet competitions to raise funds throughout the year. Aegon then matched these funds pound for pound, bringing the grand charitable total to £142,368.06 for the nine charity partners.

25% of all funds raised went to the National Charity and 75% of money raised in each location went to the local charity or charities.

Due to the lockdown, cheque presentations took place virtually this year for most of the charities, with just a couple of the cheques being delivered in person by Aegon employees.

A breakdown of the funds raised for each of the nine charities can be found below.

Mike Holliday-Williams, CEO, Aegon UK commented:

“The pandemic presented our charity committees and employees with a fresh fundraising challenge this year. The usual bake sales and dress down days were no longer possible when the offices closed. But Aegon employees rose to this challenge and came up with a steady stream of wonderful ideas to ensure our charities were well taken care of, lifting everyone’s spirits in the process.

“Pet competitions, ready steady cook at home challenges, the 555 running challenge quizzes, dress up days, virtual coffee mornings, raffles and so much more – I was in awe at the persistence and creativity from everyone involved.

“Employees have gone above and beyond in 2020 to support the company’s commitment to giving back to our local communities – from nominating the charities close to their hearts, through to the passion and dedication shown in raising these funds for fantastic causes. I’m extremely impressed with the dedication and efforts of those involved, especially during a global pandemic.

“I would also like to thank the charity committees across all the locations for their hard work in keeping up the momentum and delivering for our charity partners. Helping people is at the core of what Aegon does as a business, and the fundraising work we do as a company is a key part of that.”

Michelle Campbell, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said:

“This is an acutely challenging time for people living with cancer, the NHS and for cancer care. We are doing whatever it takes to make sure our vital support continues to be available.

"Funding is needed more than ever, so for Aegon to exceed their original target and donate £38,665.51 is more than we could have imagined. This type of donation pays for a Macmillan support worker for over a year, helping people living with cancer receive the help they need.

"We would like to thank Aegon for their continued support throughout the year and for the outstanding amount raised.”

Rami Okasha, CEO at CHAS said:

“Staff at Aegon have done amazing work to help children with life-shortening conditions across Scotland. We at CHAS just can’t thank the team enough. The money raised will fund the cost of specialist hospice care for children with short lives, and emotional and practical support for their parents, brothers and sisters. No-one should face the death of their child alone and this partnership takes us one step closer to making that a reality.”

Caroline Miller, Stakeholder Engagement Lead at Alzheimer Scotland said:

“It’s been an incredibly challenging year for people living with dementia and their carers. There is an estimated 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland - approximately 60,000 of whom live in the community. Each of these people, to different degrees, rely on their daily routines, social interactions, community-based groups and activities, and formal health and social care services, as a way to maintain their wellbeing and live as independently as possible in their own communities. All these supports have been disrupted as a direct consequence of this pandemic and the public health restrictions. We’ve seen from the dramatic increase in calls to our helpline, the toll this has taken.

“The generosity of Aegon and their staff during our partnership has been humbling. Despite the restrictions in place, they have continued their fundraising at pace and also responded with a generous gift to our crisis appeal. The total of just over £43,000 raised is an incredible achievement in any year but we are so grateful that in this most difficult of years they have made such a contribution. This money will have a real impact on people living with dementia in Scotland as we continue to transform the ways in which we support people living with dementia, their families and carers as we move forward.”

Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance Charity said:

“We are delighted that Aegon chose to support us last year and are continuing their support into 2021. On behalf of all of us at London’s Air Ambulance Charity I’d like to thank all Aegon employees for going the extra mile in supporting us and coming up with innovative ways to fundraise throughout such a tumultuous year.

“The money raised is a testament to the efforts of the whole team and will help keep our service flying. Trauma does not stop during a pandemic and these funds will help us continue to be there for London during these challenging times.”

Clair Mitchell, Fundraising Coordinator at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) said: “On behalf of everyone at the charity, I would like to thank Aegon (Witham) so much for the continued support, it really is appreciated. Our fundraising efforts have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen events and initiatives being cancelled and postponed during the lockdown.

“Despite this over the last few months our critical care teams have continued to provide our life-saving service 24/7. That’s why now, more than ever we need support from the people and businesses of this region, so thank you for your support.

“We look forward to working with Aegon again in 2021. Our missions are funded by donations, and we can’t fly without them.”

Debbie de Boltz, Fundraising Manager at Farleigh Hospice said:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to both Aegon and Lloyd Hariram for their support during a difficult year. Nominations for corporate charity of the year play a vital role in our fundraising. The funding we receive from corporate donations enables us to continue our work providing care and support for those affected by a life-limiting illness across mid-Essex. The COVID-19 pandemic made fundraising particularly hard in 2020, so it really is phenomenal that Aegon was able to raise such a large amount during a time where group gatherings were not possible. We really are grateful for Aegon’s creative fundraising efforts and support. The alternative fundraising ideas that they came up with were fantastic, I particularly liked like the ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ at home challenge!”

Jean Mills, Head of Business Development, Forever Manchester said: “Forever Manchester wants to say a big thank you to the staff at Aegon Manchester for their fantastic fundraising and support throughout 2020.  Grassroot community projects across Greater Manchester have stepped up this year providing vital support in their neighbourhoods. Projects such as food banks, homelessness projects, mental health support groups and domestic violence support groups have seen unprecedented approaches for their help during the last 12 months. Aegon recognised the need for that support and that is greatly appreciated.”

Nicky Thompson, Chair of the Dianne Oxberry Trust, said: “We're hugely appreciative of the fantastic fundraising efforts of everyone at Aegon, and would like to say a big thanks to everyone involved for thinking of the Dianne Oxberry Trust.  We're a small charity, and donations such as this really do make a huge difference in helping us to reach out to as many women in the North West as possible regarding the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

“Being diagnosed early is incredibly important in enabling better outcomes for patients with ovarian cancer, so we're working hard to ensure as many people as possible know the signs to look out for.  Acting promptly when you have symptoms and seeing your GP can significantly increase your prognosis, so donations like this one that help us to continue our awareness raising really could save lives. Thanks again to everyone involved.”

Lottie Driver, Corporate Fundraiser at East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH) said: “We’re so grateful for Aegon’s support and all of the efforts of the Peterborough office. Despite the current challenges and whilst most staff are working from home, they have managed to raise an incredible £1,484 for EACH! We’re really excited to have Aegon’s continued support and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the Peterborough office for choosing to extend the charity of the year scheme with EACH for 2021. Your support will help us continue to provide care to life-threatened children and support their families. Thank you.”

The charities were chosen as the result of a company-wide vote on a shortlist of charities nominated by Aegon UK employees.

In 2021 Aegon UK employees and Atos colleagues will be supporting:

  • National charity – Prince’s Trust
  • Edinburgh local charities – Blood Bikes Scotland and Marie Curie Edinburgh
  • London local charity – London’s Air Ambulance
  • Manchester local charities – Forever Manchester and Dianne Oxberry Trust
  • Peterborough local charity – East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH)
  • Witham local charities – Kids Inspire and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance
  • Lytham local charity – Trinity Hospice & Brian’s House

Breakdown of funds raised for all Aegon UK charity partners in 2020

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Further information

Stephanie Melrose

PR Manager

Aegon UK

stephanie.melrose@aegon.co.uk

 

Notes to Editors

  • In the UK, Aegon offers retirement, workplace savings and protection solutions to over three million customers. Aegon employs around 2,000 people in the UK and together with a further 800 people employed by Atos, we serve the needs of our customers. More information: www.aegon.co.uk  
  • Aegon’s roots go back more than 175 years – to the first half of the nineteenth century. Since then, Aegon has grown into an international company, with businesses in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Today, Aegon is one of the world’s leading financial services organisations, providing life insurance, pensions and asset management. Aegon’s purpose is to help people achieve a lifetime of financial security. More information on www.aegon.com
  • Figures correct, January 2021