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UK charities get GBP240k boost from Aberdeen Asset Management in 2016


Charities across the UK have benefited from hundreds of thousands of pounds donated by global financial firm Aberdeen Asset Management during 2016. 

Through its Charitable Foundation, the organisation is dedicated to improving the lives who live in the regions where it operates. Dozens of charities and trusts in London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen have benefitted from a share of GBP240,000 – as well as volunteering support from Aberdeen’s staff.

Aberdeen Asset Management’s London office has supported a wide range of charities and organisations over the year – from employment and financial services to medical clinics.

A donation to Doctors of the World UK’s Bethnal Green clinic allowed some of the country’s most vulnerable and exploited people – including refugees, sex workers and victims of trafficking – great access to urgent medical treatment.

The Charitable Foundation also supported Resurgo’s Spear programme, which helps unemployed 16 to 24-year olds gain work and further education. Aberdeen Asset Management’s support allowed two further young people to undergo this valuable year-long training.

In Edinburgh, Aberdeen Asset Management’s donation to Redhall School allowed primary seven schoolchildren with special needs to take part in a four-day activity camp at the Calvert Trust Centre in Northumberland. The activities were designed to help boost confidence and independence.

The Edinburgh office also provided support to Gorgie City Farm, a youth project which enables teenagers facing difficulties in their lives to work with animals in its pet boarding facilities. Learning to look after small creatures like rabbits, guinea pigs and even stick insects can help young people develop qualities of caring and empathy.

Meanwhile, in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Asset Management contributed to Aberdeenshire communities affected when the River Dee burst its banks. The Charitable Foundation’s support allowed those living and working in the worst flood-hit areas to return to normal life.

Aberdeen Asset Management staff also “slept rough” in support of the Aberdeen Cyrenians. Given just cardboard boxes for shelter, staff members spent the night outside in a car park at the Cyrenians Sleepout event to raise funds and awareness for the local homeless community.

Lynda Affleck of Aberdeen’s Charitable Foundation says: “It is incredibly important to us to support the communities in which our staff live and work. With over 1,700 staff in the UK, we are delighted to have been able to support a wide variety of causes across the country this year, both with financial donations and with voluntary effort, and look forward to continuing to do so in 2017.”

Aberdeen’s global workforce has also selected the Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) as its fifth emerging markets charity partner, and will make a six-figure donation to the charity over a three-year commitment. Working with the Karen people of Northern Thailand, KHT has three key aims: to increase access to education, improve health, and secure better livelihoods – all while retaining their identity and culture.

Aberdeen Asset Management’s Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 to formalise and develop the Group’s charitable giving globally. The Foundation seeks partnerships with smaller charities around the world, where funds can be seen to have a meaningful and measurable impact and the firm encourages its employees to use their time and skills to support its charitable projects. The main focus of the Foundation is around emerging markets and local communities, reflecting the desire to give back to those areas which are a key strategic focus of the business and to build on the historic pattern of giving to communities in which Aberdeen employees live and work.

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