London,
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February
2016
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Lord Mayor launches 2016 City Giving Day Campaign

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, welcomed over 100 City figures to the Mansion House this morning to launch City Giving Day 2016. Following the success of last year’s event, City Giving Day is now set to be the Square Mile’s annual event promoting volunteering and philanthropy.

The year’s event is part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and it will take place on 27 September 2016. The Lord Mayor is urging companies from across the City and the UK to register and help demonstrate the wide variety of worthwhile causes that they support.

Last year’s City Giving Day saw over 200 firms signing up, over £350,000 being raised and over 3,000 new volunteers recruited. Hundreds of charities were involved, along with previous Lord Mayor, Sir Alan Yarrow, who walked the Square Mile’s streets to visit companies showcasing their charitable and community work.

Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans is challenging businesses to go even further this year and said:

“We all want to see a fairer, inclusive and sustainable society and businesses have a crucial role in creating this. So many firms, not just those in the Square Mile, do a fantastic job backing fantastic charitable, community and philanthropic projects, but we don’t always hear about them.”

“City Giving Day gives these companies the opportunity to celebrate, and showcase, the incredible volume and breadth of what they are doing to support their communities. I want to see even more businesses getting involved and signing up for what will be a great event taking place later this year.”

Other speakers joining the Lord Mayor today for the launch breakfast included Maria Bentley, Global Head of Human Resources at Nomura and Lawson Muncaster, Co-founder and Managing Director of City AM. 

Notes to editors

  1. More information on the City Giving Day 2016 can be found here.
  1. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is a permanent Registered Charity and works with the Lord Mayor to raise vital funds for the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities. In 2016, these are JDRF and the Sea Cadets.
  • JDRF is leading the global fight to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes. It is a serious, lifelong condition, which can’t be prevented. If managed in the wrong way it can have severe, even fatal consequences. The money raised by this year’s Appeal will support vital world class breakthrough research to pave the way to a cure for Type 1 diabetes so that one day we can create a world without it. Success may also help accelerate research into other autoimmune conditions including coeliac disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The SEA CADETS provide young people with the chance to gain life skills through transformational nautical adventure and training. The experience young people gain through the Sea Cadets instils confidence, skills, and self-belief which prepare them for their future and the tough challenges that young people face today. It enables talent to shine and is a unique opportunity for young people to develop the tools and skills they need to harness their true potential.
  1. About the City of London Corporation. The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and  commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:
  • We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • We also help look after key London’s heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London.
  • We also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach.
  1. About the Lord Mayor of the City of London
  • The Lord Mayor is head of the Square Mile’s City of London authority for one year and the position is unpaid and apolitical. It is an exceptionally demanding role. The Lord Mayor spends some 90 days abroad and addresses some 10,000 people face-to-face each month (making around 800 speeches a year).
  • The Lord Mayor represents City businesses and helps the City Corporation advise the Government of the day on what is needed to help the financial services sector to function well. The Lord Mayor frequently travels to represent the City; and travels overseas with the status of a Cabinet Minister.
  • The Lord Mayor meets several international Heads of Government and Business each month to discuss financial services, often in conjunction with senior City business representatives. The Lord Mayor lives in the Mansion House for the Mayoral year.

See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.