What a difference a year makes
It’s been just over a year since BGL Group announced it was joining forces with five charities in an ambitious new partnership programme, the BGL Make a Difference Fund.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, 4Louis, the Sick Children’s Trust, Eve Merton Dreams Trust and Association Autremonde were the charities selected by BGL’s people to benefit and share in an initial £160,000 cash injection. 

That money and the ongoing support of BGL’s people ever since has:

  • funded a practice educator at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice who has trained 360 healthcare professionals in compassionate end-of-life care;
  • enabled 21 families to stay near their child’s hospital bed by providing free ‘home from home’ accommodation in partnership with the Sick Children’s Trust at Stevenson House just minutes from the Royal London Children’s Hospital; 
  • given heartbroken parents experiencing the loss of a baby space to grieve. The project has been a long-term aim of child loss charity 4Louis and made possible thanks to a £50,000 donation from BGL;
  • helped 67 cancer patients and their family members to smile at a time they need to most by contributing to the work of Eve Merton Dreams Trust. BGL donated £20,000 for a new minibus to transport patients and family members safely and comfortably to and from activities; 
  • helped Association Autremonde reach out to 20,000 marginalised people in Paris by distributing food, putting on social events or giving them help with job hunting, legal or careers advice.
Caroline Raines, Director of Communications, BGL Group, said: “Supporting the community is part of who we are at BGL. We launched this scheme to tie in with our strategic aim to make a positive difference to the lives of 250,000 people by 2020. 

“Partnerships like this have enabled us to well surpass this target, and a year early. It’s fantastic to see the real difference that can be made when charities and businesses work together and are ambitious in what they seek to achieve.”

For more information please contact the Press Team.

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