Charity partnerships

Each year a Charity of the Year is selected by firm wide vote from a set of candidates nominated by members of staff.

As well as fundraising for our charity partners, we offer meeting room space, operational support, governance and strategy advice and volunteering time.

This year, our Charity of the Year is The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. All funds raised will support the groundbreaking Cancer Immunotherapy Research Project, led by three of The Royal Marsden’s eminent oncologists. Treatments have been developed which boost a cancer patient’s own immune system to fight back against cancer. These immunotherapy treatments have yielded incredible results in certain types of cancers and for certain patients. The cancer immunotherapy research that will be carried out with the support of Macfarlanes will contribute materially to greater understanding of how immunotherapy can be used in a more targeted and personalised way for patients suffering with many other cancers and could help lead to new breakthroughs and progress in cancer treatment.

Recent Charities of the Year were:

  • 2017-2018 - PlaceBe
  • 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 coincides with the opening of our new building and integrated new coffee house. The firm has agreed that for each hot drink purchased in the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs coffee bar, 50p will be donated to the Charity of the Year.

We are delighted to be supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, funding their innovative Cancer Immunotherapy Research Project. The impact of this groundbreaking research will benefit cancer patients across the UK and around the world.
Louise Zekaria Head of Inclusion and CSR
Two marketeers at the London Marathon