Our first official Foundation event was the annual Gleneagles Golf Day on 21st June 2019. This provided a platform to launch the Foundation and raise brand awareness of what we were trying to achieve. The event was attended by 168 golfers and raised £58,700.
Our Burns Supper 2020, hosted by Andy Nicol, was attended by over 160 guests and raised a total of £33,560. Our most successful year yet!
During 2019 and 2020 we engaged with employees, occupiers, our professional teams and contractors and other stakeholders which resulted in us supporting a large and diverse range of charities relating to all sectors of society.
In numbers, we have supported 36 different charities, donating more than £413,160 and reaching a network of people within our local communities.
We asked employees to nominate their chosen charities, as well as providing matched giving for employee fundraising and sporting events. For example, our teams raised more than £8,000 for Parkinson’s UK by taking part in the 2020 virtual Virgin Money London Marathon by taking to the rooftop running track at our flagship development 177 Bothwell Street.
In March, trustees of the foundation refocused fundraising plans following the outbreak of Covid-19, with funds concentrated on support for local causes addressing the crisis. We have been as flexible as possible with our grant awards and any variations to allow the funds to be used for emergency purposes, helping charities to remain operational and support the people they aid.