In 2020, Rothesay contributed over £4.1m to charitable causes.
The COVID-19 Support Fund
Rothesay made a significant contribution to the COVID-19 Support Fund, the UK insurance industry’s initiative to help some of the people hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. To date, the fund has raised over £100 million dedicated to providing immediate relief to charities affected by COVID-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities and issues where there is the greatest need.
Rothesay supports a number of charities and each year appoints a Charity of the Year voted for by employees. We also provide corporate matching for employees' charitable donations of up to £1,000 per employee a year in total. During 2020, in recognition of the difficult environment faced by many charities, we introduced an additional corporate matching programme offering to match up to two charitable donations of up to £200 by each employee by 3:1. This enhanced programme is continuing throughout 2021.
Our Charity of the Year
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Rothesay’s Charity of the Year programme works to champion and help raise funds for a charity that is nominated and voted for by employees. Mind is our Charity of the Year for 2021.
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
Age UK provides services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. They stand up and speak for all those who have reached later life, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations.
Rothesay sponsors the production of the Age UK Bereavement guide – this is a booklet which helps the elderly overcome and understand the impact of bereavement. Whilst bereavement is not a happy topic to consider the guide can provide critical help at a time when it is much needed.
Rothesay has also supported Age UK’s annual Love Christmas Carol Concerts in London each year since 2014.
Helping to secure and improve the quality of life for older people
The Rothesay Foundation was established with the aim of supporting charities that seek to improve the quality of life for older people, helping them to live their lives in a happy, safe and fulfilling way.
In 2020, Rothesay provided £2.5 million to the Foundation so that it could start to support a number of charities, helping them to continue their vital work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, the Foundation has partnered with the following organisations both by providing grants and through working directly with their leadership and volunteers in the field:
- Goodgym – a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. They stop off on their runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can't do on their own.
- SafeLives – a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. They work with organisations across the UK to transform the response to domestic abuse, putting the voices of survivors at the heart of their thinking.
- Food Train – dedicated to making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries.