Charity Matching Challenge – “thank you” notes from the charities

A message from XLP (4 September 2020)

I am writing to thank you for your letter and cheque for £9,000 dated 20th August 2020 which has arrived safely.

We are overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. This money will make a huge difference to the lives of countless young people in London who have been so deeply impacted by Covid-19.

As lockdown eases, we are beginning to re-start projects again, and to start to go into schools, and onto estates. As yet, we don’t know the full impact of Covid-19 on young people  – or of the rising racial tensions on our Black and Asian young people, but we are back at full strength as a team and committed to building positive futures for the most vulnerable young people in London, and so to play our part in strengthening local communities.

We will, of course, keep you posted as to how this money will be used, but immediately, it will go into our communities programme and to mentor some of the most at-risk young people.

Can I also pass on my thanks to you as a Livery Company. Your idea of a “Dragon’s Den” type evening in July with all the charities able to share our work, and then to use that as a Launchpad into financial support, was one of the most creative and impressive pieces of philanthropy I have come across throughout this whole time. It was creative and pioneering, and hope that it might be used as a model for other charities, liveries and organisations.

With warmest good wishes

Tim Sledge
Director of Fundraising

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A message from Suited & Booted (4 September 2020)

On behalf of the Suited & Booted charity, our volunteers and clients, I would like to say a very sincere ‘thank you’ for the generous donation we have received from the Worshipful Company of Actuaries’ Charity Matching Challenge. We are extremely grateful to all the Liverymen who contributed, the Master and the other four ‘matchers’, and the CACT.

Covid-19 has had a terrible effect on the people of this country, both medically and economically, so we are particularly pleased to receive this donation at the present time. Our doors are open again to seeing clients in person, but you will appreciate that the nature of the service we offer necessitates stringent safety measures. Part of your donation has therefore been applied in purchasing the PPE and related consumables that we need to keep our volunteers and clients safe.

The pandemic is causing a steep rise in unemployment with greater competition for every vacancy. This in turn generates increased demand for our service. It makes it even more important for us to give every client personal attention, ensuring that they leave us not only looking smart but also with their self-confidence  boosted and able to give their best at their job interview, thereby maximizing their chances of success.

Although we are quite well supplied with donations of clothes, these tend to be in ‘average’ sizes. Sometimes we do not have suitable clothes in stock for clients who take especially large or small sizes, and who may have been referred to us at short notice before their job interview. Your grant will mean that we can buy in whatever is needed to ensure that these clients are fully ‘suited & booted’. It will also be used to purchase shoes, which we are always short of.

Thank you again.

Yours sincerely

Mike Thomas


A message from Brainwave (4 September 2020)