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    8 September 2014
    Royal Mail announces the Stroke Association as its new charity partner
  • Royal Mail Group is pleased to announce the Stroke Association as its new charity partner
  • The company aims to raise at least £2 million for the charity over the next two years,  and will provide matched giving for every penny raised by its employees through fundraising
  • The Stroke Association was chosen to be the company’s charity partner after around 40,000 employees selected the charity in a staff vote
  • The company and its employees raised over £2.3 million for its former Charity of the Year, Prostate Cancer UK

Royal Mail Group is delighted to announce the Stroke Association as its new charity partner for the next two years.

The Stroke Association was chosen to be Royal Mail Group’s new Charity of the Year after around 40,000 employees selected it in a staff vote. 

The company aims to raise at least £2 million for the charity over the course of the partnership.Royal Mail will match every penny raised by colleagues, up to £1 million.

Money raised will help the charity provide Life After Stroke grants of up to £300 to help 10,000 stroke survivors. The partnership will also aim to raise awareness of the condition as well as steps people can take to reduce their stroke risk.

There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 

Royal Mail Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, said:“We are delighted to be partnering with the Stroke Association to support their valuable work. Our colleagues voted to support this important charity and we look forward to working closely together over the next two years. We will work very hard so that our support can make a real difference to the Stroke Association’s work and overall aim to conquer stroke.

“We are proud that we were able to raise £2.3 million for our previous charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK and hope this will act as a lasting legacy for the charity.”

Jon Barrick, Chief Executive at the Stroke Association, commented:“Our partnership with the Royal Mail is a fantastic opportunity to help us conquer stroke. The vital funds raised will support our Life After Stroke Grants: a lifeline which helps stroke survivors make their best possible recovery.

“Stroke is the killer disease that’s been ignored for too long. Through the incredible generosity of individuals and organisations such as the Royal Mail, we can do even more to help transform the lives of people living with this devastating condition.”   

Charities Age UK and Diabetes UK were also shortlisted for the new Charity of the Year programme. They will each receive a donation of £50,000 at the start of the partnership, and, once £2 million has been raised for the Stroke Association, the company will then match every penny raised by an employee who decides to fundraise for any of three charities, up to a further £1 million.  

Laurie Boult, Head of Fundraising at Age UK, said:“We’re looking forward to benefiting from Royal Mail staff fundraising and matched giving. Around one million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone.  Funds donated by Royal Mail will help Age UK provide social activities to help people in later life feel less lonely.”

Paul Amadi, Director of Fundraising at Diabetes UK, said:“We are delighted that Royal Mail has chosen Diabetes UK for a new staff fundraising charity partnership. All the money raised will go towards funding our roadshow programme, which will help us to identify people at risk of Type 2 diabetes and to get information and support to those who are already affected by the condition.”

Raising £2.3 million for Prostate Cancer UK

Royal Mail Group and its employees raised over£2.3 million for its former charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK. The money funded positions for at least 34 specialist prostate cancer nurses who are based across the UK.

During the course of the partnership employees helped to raise over £925,000 through Movember campaigns in 2012 and 2013. In both years, Royal Mail Group raised more money than any other single company globally.

Employees took Prostate Cancer UK to their heart, often taking part in once-in-a-lifetime challenges to raise money for the organisation, such as running multiple marathons and scaling mountains. The Royal Mail Choir released a version of the song ‘Abide with Me’ with X Factor winner Joe McElderry, in aid of the charity. The choir raised over £50,000 for the charity, including matched giving, through their charity fundraising. 

Owen Sharp, CEO from Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Royal Mail Group and its employees for working so hard to raise more than £2million for Prostate Cancer UK over the past two years. This is a testament to the dedication of everyone who has embraced the partnership, and gone above and beyond to exceed its target.

“Our thanks go to everyone at Royal Mail who has helped to raise such a phenomenal amount. It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by the disease.”

Fundraising forms part of Royal Mail Group’s active support of communities across the UK. During 2013-14, the company contributed £9.8 million directly to charities, good causes and schemes for disadvantaged groups. The company also supported £3.3 million of colleague fundraising for charities and good causes across the UK.

In 2013-14 Royal Mail Group provided almost £690,000 in matched giving to support employees’ fundraising for around 344 charities all around the UK, including its Charity of the Year.

In early 2014, the company celebrated reaching 25 years and £50 million in charitable donations through its payroll giving scheme. The generosity of Royal Mail Group’s employees has been recognised by two National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards and a Platinum Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award.

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Royal Mail Group and its employees also raised £118,000 for Alzheimer’s Society and £81,000 for Whizz Kidz. The figures include matched giving by Royal Mail Group.

About Stroke Association

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
  • Stroke Association is a charity which believes in life after stroke and that together we can conquer stroke. The charity works directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. It campaigns to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. The Stroke Association funds research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke.
  • More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk