Friendship Works joined other guests on Thursday, March 14th for the London Stock Exchange Group’s second annual Charity Trading Day. We were very happy that some of our volunteer mentors were able to join us for the special event. Their presence helped to highlight the significant impact that Friendship Works has on children in Camden, Islington, and Southwark. All guests gathered at the London Stock Exchange near St. Paul’s at 8:00 in order to commemorate the day by opening the market.
The London Stock Exchange Group supports many different charities that work with local communities within The Group’s operation. In addition to Friendship Works, leaders from In-Presa, a Milan-based youth development charity, Habitat for Humanity, a housing development charity with a focus in Sri Lanka, and UNICEF, a worldwide organisation fighting poor healthcare and education for children, were in attendance. The Group generously donated all trading fees acquired throughout the day by the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and Turquoise to their foundation which supports these. A significant donation was also made to Comic Relief, in honour of Red Nose Day, for the first time in history.
Following the market opening, all four organisations were warmly welcomed by Tim Wright, Group Chief of Staff, before trekking in to a delicious champagne breakfast following which staff from each charity took part in a special charity forum, hosted by Sara Lovisolo, Group CR Manager, to share ideas and experiences.
By the end of the Charity Trading Day, the London Stock Exchange Group raised £533,000, which surpassed last year’s total of £529,400. Since its start in 2010, The Group has raised £1.5 million for numerous charities.
Friendship Works would like to express our immense gratitude to the London Stock Exchange Group for their continued support. The London Stock Exchange Group has provided our organisation with opportunities that encourage the friendships between our volunteers and the children that we support.