At MSC UK charitable giving is a key part of our company culture. Though COVID-19 measures have made fundraising a bit different this year, something that hasn’t changed is the generosity of our team. To date, MSC UK has contributed more than £38,000 to a range of charitable causes in 2020.
As well as in-person fundraising events early on in the year, 2020’s fundraising activities have included everything from virtual quizzes to online bake-offs. Many MSC UK staff also choose to make a monthly donation via our award-winning payroll giving scheme. In addition to donations from our team, MSC UK contributes £1 for every £4 that is raised.
Every year our employees put forward their nominations for charities close to their hearts. Staff then cast their votes, with the top three most popular organisations becoming our Gold, Silver and Bronze charities. These three organisations receive 60% of our Ocean Fund (money generated from the payroll giving scheme), with the Gold Charity also benefitting from additional fundraising, promotional and engagement activities as our Charity of the Year. The remaining 40% of the Ocean Fund is split between the other employee-nominated charities throughout the year.
We wanted to take a moment to thank our staff for their generosity and cast the spotlight on some of the great causes we’ve been proud to support so far:
St Elizabeth Hospice (Charity of the Year) – Providing specialist care for those living with a progressive and terminal illness. St Elizabeth Hospice is our 2020 Charity of the Year, as voted for by our team. We work closely with the organisation to provide a range of engagement and fundraising activities throughout the year.
Prostate Cancer UK – Funding groundbreaking research into prostate cancer, driving improvements in treatment, and fighting injustice in care.
Samaritans of Ipswich & East Suffolk – A unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
NHS COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Appeal – Providing bereavement support for the families of NHS staff members who have died in service and a range of mental health facilities and counselling services.
Operation Smile – Creates solutions that deliver free surgery to those born with cleft lip and cleft palate.
littlelifts – On a mission to support women diagnosed with breast cancer by offering a ‘littlelifts’ box at the beginning of their chemotherapy treatment.
MACS (Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support) – The UK's national charity for children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes.
Stroke Association – Supporting people to rebuild their lives after stroke.
Shelter Scotland – Helping people struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services.
Catherine McEwan Foundation – Helping people living with Crohn’s and Colitis access better treatment, better care and live better lives.
Kids Cancer Charity – Supporting children with cancer and their families.
EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) – Supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Lighthouse Women’s Refuge – Providing safe and supportive refuge, as well as offering a range of community services and courses to support women, young people and children to rebuild their lives after domestic abuse.
Acorn Village – Offering high quality care and accommodation to adults with learning disabilities.
IHAG (Ipswich Housing Action Group) – Operating a dispersed hostel (a hub for homelessness services in Ipswich) and a busy Money Advice Service which helps hundreds of individuals each year.
Safeline – A specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery.
Felixstowe & Haven Port Seafarer Services – Endeavouring to give seafarers respite from some of the hardships they endure at sea.
Headway Suffolk – Offering direct care to survivors of brain injury and neurological conditions.
Volunteering Matters – Develops and delivers high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today.
MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) – Improving care and support for people with motor neurone disease, their families and their carers.
GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) – With 63 different clinical specialties, GOSH offers the UK's widest range of specialist health services for children on one site.
Inspire – Working with young people experiencing severe disadvantage and social instability, helping them find opportunities for purposeful reintegration into society.
FACTS (Felixstowe Area Community Services) – Providing transport to anyone of any age with a physical, cognitive or sensory impairment which limits or restricts access to public transport; helping them get out and about and to live life.
SuLSAR (Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue) – A 100% voluntary specialist search team which helps the emergency services find missing vulnerable adults and children.
CLIC Sargent – Fighting tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. They provide grants to help with spiralling costs, support patients’ families and lobby the government.
Pancreatic Cancer UK – Helping people dealing with pancreatic cancer; providing information, support groups, peer to peer support services and more.
Versus Arthritis – Working together with volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers and friends to provide support, develop breakthrough treatments and campaign for arthritis to be seen as a priority.
The Blue Cross Ipswich – A national charity has been helping sick, injured and homeless pets for more than a century.