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BGF to donate £100,000 across the UK and Ireland

BGF News 29.04.2020.

BGF to donate £100,000 to charities who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 has created immense challenges, especially for vulnerable groups. As a regional business, active in different local economies, BGF recognises the need for increased support to local charities, many of whom are operating without the safety nets of their broader networks. It is estimated that fundraising for UK charities may fall as much as 40% in 2020. BGF’s regional teams will work together over the course of the next month to identify charities in each of the following territories: London & South East, South West, Midlands, North of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland. BGF will work with registered charities in the UK & Ireland that are focused on supporting vulnerable groups within local communities and has set a target to deliver all funding by mid-June.

Stephen Welton, CEO of BGF said: “This is a deeply unsettling and challenging time for all, and in particular for the most vulnerable groups within our society, who are often out of sight. Many charities that exist to help these groups are unable to fundraise in their usual way due to disruption within the networks they rely on for support. The impact will be devastating. We recognise that, with the support of our shareholders, BGF is in a fortunate position to be able to do more and significantly extend our charitable donations to assist with the urgent need. The UK faces a demanding road back to recovery, both as individuals and as an economy, and the challenges created by the current crisis will be felt for a very long time. We hope that this funding will help to support the needs of some of those vulnerable groups and make a difference in the longer term.” Alongside and allied with this donation, and in recognition of the importance of the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of its own team at this time, BGF will also move forward its annual Atlas Go! challenge. The one-month challenge will engage more than 170 employees across BGF, allocated into cross-regional teams, to take part in their daily exercise, albeit in very different circumstances and surroundings, from running and walking, to meditation and yoga. Volunteering will also be a central part of the challenge, encouraging and providing support beyond the funding. Stephen commented: “I am also pleased that we will be moving forward with our Atlas Go! challenge earlier than planned this year. This had a huge impact across BGF in 2019 and we want to do all we can to help our teams remain connected with each other, and active, during the period of staying at home. When we exit lockdown, clearly, we need to think and act differently, but at heart, we are all communal and a sense of teamwork is going to be more important than ever.”