As well as fundraising for our charity partners, we offer meeting room space, operational support, governance and strategy advice and volunteering time.
During 2018–2019 our Charity of the Year was The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. In particular, Macfarlanes supported The Royal Marsden’s ground-breaking Cancer Immunotherapy Research Project, in part inspired by the experience of one of our firm's partners who underwent life-saving immunotherapy treatment at The Royal Marsden. This year saw the most we have ever raised for a single charity before and the money will go towards supporting further research into immunotherapy.
Our 2019–2020 Charity of the Year is New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC). Every year, thousands of young people across London find themselves homeless because of family breakdown, domestic abuse, poverty, experiences of violence or war and persecution in their home country. NHYC provides a vital support network for 16-24 year olds with nowhere else to go. Through the “one-stop shop” services they provide at their day centre in Kings Cross and outreach work, they support thousands of young people experiencing homelessness in London to improve their mental health and wellbeing, change their economic circumstances and find somewhere that they can call home. They also provide intensive one-to-one case work and resettlement support to young people leaving the criminal justice system and trying to break free of serious youth violence.
Recent Charities of the Year were:
- 2018-2019 – The Royal Marsden’s Cancer Charity
- 2017-2018 – Place2Be
- 2016-2017 – Brain Tumour Charity
- 2015-2016 – Whizz Kidz
- 2014-2015 – Prostate Cancer
- 2013-2014 – St Mungo's
- 2012-2013 – Richard House Children's Hospice
Throughout the annual campaign, a diverse range of fundraising events are organised across the firm including quiz nights, bake sales, film screenings, concerts by our firm choir and a huge Christmas raffle, as well as members of staff taking part in established sporting events such as the London Marathon in aid of the charity.
To increase these donations further, the firm also offers a matched giving scheme for staff fundraising for the Charity of the Year. We also run an annual Happy Hour appeal, which enables staff to donate one hour of their salary. The firm matches the total sum raised from this appeal.
Another exciting new fundraising initiative sees the firm donate 50p to the Charity of the Year for each hot drink purchased at our in-house Department of Coffee and Social Affairs coffee bar.
Youth homelessness affects us all. As parents, brothers and sisters we know it can happen to our loved ones and people we know. As Londoners it is everywhere all the time. This is a great chance for us all to do something about it and make a real difference. I am proud of the firm for choosing this cause. I expect to be even more proud when we show how much we care by raising a huge amount to help tackle this shameful problem.