Wesleyan and its charitable Foundation is celebrating making donations of more than £1m to good causes across the UK over the last 12 months.
In 2021, Wesleyan donated the money to good causes that support the business’ customer base of doctors, teachers and dentists, as well as providing much needed aid to local communities.
This includes more than £400,000 for healthcare causes, £250,000 for education initiatives and £180,000 for organisations addressing social issues.
With the pandemic continuing to put extreme pressure on frontline professionals, the business has continued to make donations to tackle mental health issues among Britain’s key workers. This included partnering with the National Literacy Trust to launch its new Teacher Wellbeing website and making donations to organisations such as Dentaid and Doctors in distress.
Other beneficiaries include the Titan Partnership, a Birmingham based education charity, which received £50,000 to support its work to tackle tech poverty in schools during the Covid-19 crisis, and Telford-Based Small Woods Association, which received £25,000 to fund the creation of four sustainable woodlands across the UK.
To coincide with Wesleyan’s 180th anniversary, last year, the business also offered schools in Birmingham the chance to win a share of a £30,000 prize pot to support initiatives in their classrooms and communities.
Wesleyan also continues to be a WildHearts Schools Programme Partner, and in 2021 helped deliver transformational programmes and create significant impact for school students across the UK, at a time when it is needed most.
Mario Mazzocchi, CEO at the Wesleyan Group, said: “The past year has continued to be an extremely challenging time for our customers, many of whom are key workers.
“Giving back to them and their communities is a fundamental part of our identity as a mutual. It has been incredibly important to us to offer support when it comes to some of the biggest issues they face – including mental health and wellbeing.
“The choice of causes we back through the Wesleyan Foundation is directly influenced by conversations we have with our members, customers and colleagues. As we start a new year, we’ll continue to listen to what’s most important to them and look at what we can do to help.”
The Wesleyan Foundation was launched in 2017 and has so far donated more than £3.5 million to good causes across the country.
Charities and community groups in need of funding can apply to the Wesleyan Foundation for a grant to support their work.
For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation including how to apply for funding, visit www.wesleyanfoundation.co.uk.