Bristol-based insurance broker Gallagher has raised £15,000 in aid of three local charities.
Fundraising activities undertaken by Gallagher’s Bristol based team in recent months included a 100-mile bike ride, completed by 21 employees, which started at the insurance broker’s Temple Way office, and took in landmarks such as the lakes of Chew Valley, the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge – raising £10,000 in total.
A further £5,000 was raised through a fundraising walk around Bristol, with 25 colleagues covering a combined total of 675 miles in one day, passing attractions including Bristol Harbour, Blaise Castle and Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Among the beneficiaries, which were nominated by colleagues, was The Grand Appeal, the official Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, which supports sick children and their families from Bristol, the South West and surrounding areas. As well as funding life-saving equipment and research, the charity also provides accommodation to families with a place to stay while their child is in hospital, and runs a music, play and arts therapy programme to help young patients deal with the wider effect of treatment.
A further donation was provided to Children’s Hospice South West, which cares for local children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Operating three children’s hospices in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, the organisation provides emergency, palliative and end of life care to patients, as well as organising respite and short breaks for young people and their families.
Additional funding was donated to the Bristol branch of Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, which aims to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. In addition to conducting research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease, the charity also runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.
Gallagher, one of the UK’s largest insurance brokers, has had a presence in Bristol for almost 50 years, employs over 65 people, and looks after the insurance needs of many businesses across the South West.
Andy Ferguson, Managing Director of Gallagher’s Bristol office, said: “The pandemic has posed significant challenges for many charities, with many of their usual fundraising streams having been suspended for a substantial period of time. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support these three charities, who each hold a special significance for a number of our team members.”
Helen Haskell, Corporate Partnerships Manager, The Grand Appeal, said: “It was fantastic to see the Gallagher team last month as they took on their epic marathon walk and 100-mile cycle challenge. They all pushed themselves to the limit and raised a fantastic amount to support sick babies and children from across the whole of the South West of England. It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone so we really appreciate the team coming together and making a huge difference to those who are receiving treatment and care in Bristol Children’s Hospital”.
Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, Children’s Hospice South West, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from the team at Gallagher that took part in the bike ride and walk last month. Our care teams have had to adapt to ensure COVID-safe support wherever and whenever families need it most, including in our three children’s hospices in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, and for the first time ever, in families’ own homes. We can only continue to be here to support families thanks to individuals and businesses like Gallagher raising vital funds.”
Laura Billingsley, Cancer Research UK fundraising spokesperson for Bristol, said: “Gallagher has made a huge contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work over the past five years and we are incredibly grateful for the part the team has played in the fight against cancer. Our determination to beat the disease hasn’t faltered and we are more focussed than ever on our ambition of seeing three in four people survive their cancer by 2034. However, our progress relies on the incredible dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Gallagher, without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving work. One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime*. All of us can support the research that will beat it.”