Tuesday, December 12, 2017
FPC 2017 Charity Update
Find out more about which charities FPC has been working with during 2017...
Our clients are generous folk and part of our role is to help them decide how generous they can afford to be with themselves and others and the causes they should choose to support. FPC provides advice on structuring gifts to family and friends, establishing Trusts, Family Investment Companies and Charitable Foundations and we make sure that the tax and investment implications of all decisions are fully understood.
We like to practice what we preach and in addition to sponsoring clients' personal fund raising efforts and private causes we have been pleased to support a range of initiatives in 2017 that are making a difference to people's lives:
The FPC team braved the elements on Sunday to take part in the Santa Dash which raised £500 for Southport based Queenscourt Hospice. The hospice provides care and support for people with serious illnesses in West Lancs, Southport and Formby. Charitable donations are crucial to the organisation as less than 25% of its costs are covered by the NHS.
This fantastic organisation creates heart shaped pillows for men and women who are recovering from Mastectomies. Their heart shape design fits perfectly under the arm, cushioning and protecting the site of the operation. Jen's Friends aim to find donated materials in order to make the pillows and provide them free of charge (or ideally in return for a small donation). £500 from FPC will keep them stocked up with the beads that fill the cushions for many months to come and we will be helping them further in 2018.
The Brain Tumour Charity
Moira and Jenny from FPC have recently lost close friends to brain cancer so this organisation is very close to our hearts. This is the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours from all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life. Our £500 donation was doubled to £1,000 as a result of the Big Give and FPC partner, Moira hosted a fund raiser which generated a further £700 for this great cause.
House of Memories
As you may be aware, this year we supported the House of Memories Christmas Memory Box Campaign with a gift of £5,000 which resulted in 125 memory boxes (containing items which help to trigger memories for dementia sufferers) being distributed to residential care homes across the North West.
We've been proud to support the House of Memories programme, a project created by National Museums Liverpool, since it started in 2012. Our contributions have helped to fund various initiatives including their memory suitcases, training days and training support for more than 11,000 carers of people living with dementia across the North West.
The Mango Tree
The Mango Tree was founded by our clients, William and Gail Fulton in 2003 as a humanitarian response to HIV & AIDS in southern Tanzania. The charity supports orphaned children and their families by ensuring that vulnerable orphans remain living in their communities within guardian families rather than having to be institutionalised in orphanages. The charity assists these children and their families to become self-reliant through improved access to education, training and sustainable incomes. This year FPC 's annual donation of £2500 was doubled as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge, helping The Mango Tree to raise a total of £55,157.51!
And finally, a little closer to home we've supported MeCycle a social enterprise based across the road from our office in Ainsdale. Owned and operated by the charity, Autism Initiatives, MeCycle gives people with Autism the chance to engage in positive, meaningful work experience with the aim of achieving long term employment. As well as serving great coffee and delicious locally-sourced food, MeCycle sells bikes and offers free led bike rides, bike check-ups and bike maintenance courses. Our donation of £500 will be used to help to create more work experience opportunities.
And it doesn't end here. We're already making plans for 2018 and we'll continue to support the above organisations and others which come to our attention.
In the meantime we would like to thank all of our clients, partners and FPC team members for their continued support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.
Office Hours - Christmas & New Year:
Our office will close from 5pm on Friday 22nd December and open again on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December. The office will then be closed, with normal business commencing on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.