Duncan Lewis Charity Committee was formed in July 2009 as part of a growing internal awareness that Duncan Lewis needed a formal vehicle to express the social consciousness of the firm. Individuals were committed to personal efforts in the field of charitable work but there was no method in which these efforts could be channelled and focused in a joint endeavour in the name of Duncan Lewis. Over a year has passed since Duncan Lewis Charity Committee has been set up and over £20,000 has been raised for various charities as nominated by employees of Duncan Lewis.
The committee, lead by Laila Bhunnoo organises events each month to raise funds to add to this amount. As well as the monthly events organised by Duncan Lewis Charity Committee, they also highlighted individuals and group efforts for their personal fundraising efforts and have helped to raise money for the charities their peers were supporting.
A group of ladies from Duncan Lewis’ Child Care and Family teams at our Clapham Junction and Hackney branches participated in the Race for Life on 19th July 2009. They managed to raise an impressive £2,000 for Cancer research. The same ladies repeated the Race for Life in June 2010 and managed to raise almost £1,000 for their efforts; click here to see pictures of the event in June 2010.
The first firm wide event was a dress down day on Friday 4th September 2009 where money was being raised for the Medical Foundation. Most simply took the relaxed approached, but some had more fun with silly hats and wigs. Through such a simple gesture Duncan Lewis were able to raise £2,200 being given to the Medical Foundation.
Re-Think was the next charity that Duncan Lewis had nominated to support. Duncan Lewis Charity Committee organised an inter-branch football tournament, where Duncan Lewis were able to donate £1,406.95 to Re-think.
In November 2009 that all staff at Duncan Lewis proved to have a sweet tooth as £1,400 was raised to donate to Action for Children in a bake off. After the phenomenal success of the first bake off, Duncan Lewis Charity Committee decided to organise another bake off in April 2010 to raise funds for the Free Representation Unit. Duncan Lewis and managed to raise £1,440.70 for FRU.
On Friday 15th January 2010 Duncan Lewis took part in another dress down day. Generous donations meant that Duncan Lewis successfully raised £1,470.00 for Richard House. This donation will fully fund 2 complete days of care at Richard House and make a huge difference to life-limited children and children with complex healthcare conditions by assisting them in creating positive experiences which become good memories for the future.
Duncan Lewis Clapham Junction Branch also houses Paul D’auria’s Cancer Support Centre. Duncan Lewis contributed to the charity by not charging the charity rent for a quarter, which amounted to £5,000.
January 2010 continued the successful trend for Duncan Lewis Charity Committee as they managed to raise £1,954 at the Duncan Lewis internal re-launch party, for the Haiti victims of the earthquake through Unicef. Click here to see the photos of the event, which was held at the Royal Garden Hotel on High Street Kensington.
Duncan Lewis Charity Committee then held a Quiz night where they raised over £400 for the Headway charity.
Catch-22, a crime charity that supports young people who do not have work or family support was the next charity to receive a donation from Duncan Lewis. Duncan Lewis Charity Committee organised an inter-branch netball tournament and raised £1,312.37 for Catch-22.
A group of 20 took on the challenge of cycling 54 miles from London to Brighton in June 2010 and raised almost £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation. The team plan on doing this again next year and plan on raising even more money for the charity. Click here to see photos from the cycle.
July 28th saw Duncan Lewis Charity Committee combining forces with Duncan Lewis Social Committee to hold their first sports day and picnic. The day had proper track and field events and also had some more light hearted events. Over £500 was raised for the mental health charity Young Minds. Click here to see photos from the event.
Duncan Lewis Charity Committee felt that Duncan Lewis should help the victims of the Pakistani floods, so Duncan Lewis Charity Committee organised a dress down day on Friday 10th September. £600 was sent to Unicef from Duncan Lewis to help the those who suffered during the unfortunate floods.
In September 2010 Duncan Lewis donated £250 to Oxfam, who were the chosen charity for the Asian Achievers Awards 2010, which was hosted at Wembley Stadium.
Over a year has passed and the next Duncan Lewis Charity Committee event is being planned for November 2010’s charity, which will be confirmed by the end of October. The hard work that is put in by Duncan Lewis Charity Committee is clearly a positive movement and is supported well by colleagues at Duncan Lewis. Predictions for the next 12 months see Duncan Lewis Charity Committee organising more events and raising more money for many more worthy causes.