As one of the three pillars of the City, along with the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange, Lloyd’s of London is one of many involved in the charitable efforts of central London – helping with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, engaging with the Business of Trust, Razed Roof and other endeavours.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is a hugely important institution, aiming to have ‘a transformational effect on people’s lives by bringing together businesses, neighbouring communities, employees and charities to find solutions to some of London’s most pressing societal issues’- Alderman Charles Bowman, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of The City of London.

Business of Trust: The Lord Mayor and the City of London launched this initiative with the aim of improving the trustworthiness of the UK financial and professional services, addressing the current low public confidence in these institutions through a wide-ranging business agenda. They are embarking upon a major undertaking in order to identify how best the public’s expectations of business can be met in this era of rapid change and innovation.

City Giving Day: This annual event is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. On this day – 25th September 2018 – the City comes together to engage over 200 organisations and tens of thousands of employees in a showcase and celebration of their philanthropic and volunteering achievements. The day also aims to inspire more people to get involved, and to demonstrate what the City already does and encourage further good.

Last year over £400,000 was raised from this single day, 86% of companies would say that it has inspired more colleagues and friends to get involved and everyone agreed that they would recommend the day to others.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is instrumental in supporting many different charities, and this year has been promoting a 4 3 2 1 approach to improvements for London communities:

Four pillars: a fair city, a healthy city, an inclusive city and a skilled city.

Three charity partners: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans

Two communities: both City employees and their families, and residents of neighbouring communities benefit

One aim: a Better City for All

These headings tie together the multifaceted approach of the Lord Mayor, with the charities supported including This is Me, aimed at reducing the stigma of mental health problems, Samaritans, Place2Be and OnSide Youth Zones, who create state-of-the-art centres for young people with everything from sports, music and arts to mentoring and enterprise.

The Charitable Side of the City

Barbara Schurer with Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of the City of London

Meanwhile, fundraising efforts have led to some highly entertaining and enjoyable events, such as:

  • The Karaoke Party at Mansion House on Friday 13th July
  • The Branch Annual Dinner, on the 20th June, which the founder of this website, Barbara Schurer herself, attended.
  • The City Dip on the 1st June, at which the Mayor’s wife swam for an astonishing 5 hours!
  • A dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor on the Business of Trust at Mansion House on Monday 16th July, hosting the Lord Mayor, Sir William Blair and Philippa Foster BackMBE,
  • Lieutenant General David Leakey CMG OBE and Kristiane Backer as guest speakers.

My Members Agent Hampden together The Lloyds’s Charities Trust, along with have been supporting Razed Roof, an inclusive arts charity for people with, and without, severe learning disabilities and disabilities, for a number of years now. Richard Page, Members’ Executive for Hampden, was able to witness first-hand the amazing work of the charity, which recognises the immense benefits that performing arts can bring to these young adults. They have the opportunity to undertake activities such as dance, acting and performing in shows. Thursday 10th May saw a group of Razed Roofers take to the stage in Harlow Playhouse, to perform a powerful and moving show, ‘Trisomy 21’, delving into issues such as pre-natal testing.

Events to look out for:

  • 14/9/18 Abseil Challenge down the iconic Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater!)
  • 21/9/18 Sheriff’s Ball – the annual dinner and dance at the beautiful Guildhall
  • 29/10/18 Grand Finale Dinner – celebrate the end to a fantastic mayoral year at the Guildhall

All in all, just a very small sampling of the ongoing efforts of those living in and working in and around the Square Mile to keep the sense of community going and continue the valuable charitable work that is so important to so many.

May we say many thanks to all these unsung heroes for working so tirelessly on behalf of our Community.