Industry raises almost £12k for charity at B&C Awards




Bridging & Commercial is pleased to announce that the specialist finance industry raised a colossal £11,886 for charity at the B&C Awards ceremony in October.

The money has been donated to Big Life Foundation and our main sponsor United Trust Bank’s (UTB) charity partner, DePaul UK.

Big Life Foundation works to protect over 1.6 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, with an aim to protect and sustain wildlife and wild lands, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in the region.

DePaul UK is one of the nation’s largest youth homelessness charities, offering support, mediation, accommodation, progression coaches, and activity programmes to manage mental health problems, build healthy relationships, and access education, employment and training.  

“The last 20 months have been very difficult for everyone, but especially for the homeless and vulnerable young people we look after,” commented Tony Packwood, regional engagement officer (South) for Depaul. 

“As you can imagine, the main reason for youth homelessness is family breakdown and the pressure that lockdown put on the family unit has meant we have seen a lot more young people accessing our services. 

“At the same time we have had a lot more expenditure and a lot of our normal funding dried up, so this donation will really help us.”

The funds were raised at this year’s event through a silent auction run by Impulse Decisions — featuring various items up for sale, such as Six Nations tickets in Rome, signed sports shirts, and a country hotel and spa getaway.

Cash was also donated through a game of heads or tails, which saw those left ‘standing’ win a Selfridges Voucher and several One Gin hampers as prizes, all kindly sponsored by UTB. 

We would like to thank everyone who generously donated on the day and who continue to do so.

You can visit the websites of Big Life Foundation and DePaul if you would like to find out more and donate.

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