Willis Announces UK Charity Partnership for 2011
-- Graduates Saddle Up to Launch Broker’s Fundraising Initiative for Children’s Hospices --
London, UK, March 22, 2011 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:
WSH), the global insurance broker, has selected Children’s Hospices UK as its 2011 Charity
of the Year, with Associates committing to raise a total of £100,000. Willis will
match the funds raised, £1 for £1, to a maximum of £50,000.
Willis’ London office pioneered the company’s first Charity of the
Year initiative in 2009-2010, choosing TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) as its beneficiary.
Owing to the success of this programme, Willis has now established a UK-wide
network of representatives and committees to support this scheme on a national basis and
promote volunteering and involvement within the communities where Willis Associates live and work.
As part of the fundraising effort, Willis is challenging its recent graduate
intake to a 284-mile bicycle challenge, which will see them cycle from The Willis
Building, London, to Gras Savoye (a Willis Associate company) in Paris, over four days
in July 2011. The graduates have been tasked with raising £10,000 to support the
charity. Donations can be made to the team via this link.
Grahame Millwater, President, Willis Group, commented, “It’s fantastic to see our
graduates stepping up to the challenge of raising money for Children’s Hospices UK. This
is an amazing charity providing a service of immense value, and we as a Group
will do all we can over the coming year to support the organisation. We
hope that the enthusiasm, energy and dedication of our graduates will set a precedent
for Willis Associates everywhere.”
Julian Hall, Director of Fundraising for Children’s Hospices UK, said, “I am
so impressed by the graduates’ commitment not only to complete a daunting physical
challenge but also to raise such a significant amount of money that will make
a real difference to seriously ill children and their families. We look forward to
a successful and rewarding partnership with Willis over the next year.”
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through its
subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human
resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the
world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global
team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world.
Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
About Children’s Hospices UK
Children’s Hospices UK is the national charity that gives voice and support
to all children’s hospice services. We help children’s hospices to continually enhance the
care and support they provide to children and young people who are not expected to
reach adulthood and their families. We raise awareness of the range of services
provided by children’s hospices and fundraise to help them to continue to provide their
services for free. We also campaign and lobby on behalf of children’s hospices, ensuring
their voice is heard by government. For more information visit our web site at
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