Five months into its charity partnership, Allianz has already raised £150,000 for the leading mental health charity, Mind.
Since the partnership began in March, employees have taken on a range of fundraising activities including white water rafting in Southampton, the Isle of Wight Challenge, Tough Mudder, and ‘Crafternoons’ across various offices.Employees have also donated 403 bags of clothing to the Mind shops as part of the Big Spring Clean, while a group are due to take part in cycling from London to Amsterdam in September.
The partnership followed an employee vote, where 41% of employees chose Mind as the charity partner. The funds raised by Allianz contribute towards Mind’s work with children, young people and adults to help them develop the skills and tools they need to manage their mental health.
The charity partnership supports Allianz’s strategy to strengthen resilience and expand on the existing mental wellbeing support it has in place for employees. Allianz has recently launched an internal mental health first aid training programme, which develops the skills needed to recognise various mental health conditions and help colleagues needing assistance to find the most appropriate support.
Carolyn Rich, head of brand marketing and social responsibility, Allianz Insurance, said:
“We’re delighted to see such great enthusiasm and engagement from employees around our new charity partnership. We know from our employee vote that mental health is a topic which people feel passionately about and this has been further demonstrated by their fundraising activities.
“The £150,000 raised in the first few months is great progress towards our £1m target. I look forward to seeing more fundraising events taking place and continuing our work towards increasing resilience in young people.”
Emma Ihsan, head of corporate partnerships at Mind, said: “We’re very grateful to everyone at Allianz for choosing to support Mind. It’s great to hear about some of the fantastic ways staff are fundraising. The funds raised will go towards Mind’s work with children, young people and adults to help them develop the skills and tools they need to manage their mental health.”
Notes to Editors:
1. An image of the Allianz team at Tough Mudder is available
2. About Mind
- Mind, the mental health charity provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. www.mind.org.uk
- Please note that Mind is not an acronym and should be set in title case.
- Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)
- Please contact the Mind Media Team for interviews or further information on 02085221743. For out of hours support please call 07850788514 or email the media team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For access to a range of free images to accompany mental health news stories please visit: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/getthepicture. These images have been developed by the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, run by the charities.
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The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 92 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 673 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage more than 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2018, over 142,000 employees in more than 80 countries achieved total revenues of 131 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.5 billion euros for the group.
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