Being selected as one of ENGIE’s three chosen charities has given us an opportunity to show how well we can work in partnership with other good causes and their fundraising teams.
After a hugely successful first year, the ENGIE corporate responsibility team decided to increase their overall target for the three year partnership from £300,000 to £500,000 – aiming to raise over £160,000 for Mind by the end of 2019.
ENGIE’s staff have already taken on an incredible number of challenges to support Mind and the other chosen charities (Macmillan and the Prince’s Trust). This includes a bike ride from Edinburgh to Manchester in the first year and London to Paris in the second year. Generally staff fundraising is in aid of all three charities but each year there are fundraising and awareness building activities dedicated to each cause. In 2018 a team of around 40 brave ENGIE fundraisers are skydiving at sites across the country, raising £20,000 for Mind.
In addition to raising money, ENGIE staff have volunteered their time and expert skills at several local Minds and donated 100s of bags to our network of charity shops as part of a nationwide stock drive.
Tom Barrow, ENGIE Social Impact Manager, said: “We are really excited about our partnership with Mind for at least the next three years and the opportunities to help them by raising funds for the work they do. But what’s also really important for us, and a huge part of why we partnered with Mind, is the help and guidance they can give us to provide better support to our employees and to tackle the stigma attached to mental health.”