We work with selected national charities in both the UK and North America. Save the Children has been our main charity partner in the UK for the past five years and we continue to work with the Children's Miracle Network in North America.
Save the Children
From running marathons, waxing legs, playing football and all manner of other sponsorship activities, our employees and customers have worked hard to raise funds for Save the Children in the UK. The five-year partnership has raised over £4.5m in cash and in kind, with a measurable impact on the lives of families across the UK. We are extremely proud of our partnership with the charity and will continue our support this year.
When our employees in the UK were recently given the opportunity to choose our next main charity partner, they selected Macmillan Cancer Support. We will be entering an exciting new long-term partnership with the charity in 2012.
Children's Miracle Network
In North America, our chosen charity, Children's Miracle Network, is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. Our employees engage in many innovative fundraising activities to raise vital funds for the charity. During the past 12 months we have raised $46,106.
Our charitable contributions are managed through our Charity and Sponsorship Committees in both the UK and North America.
As a major transport provider we receive many requests for support from charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. We established our UK Charity and Sponsorship Committee to manage these requests, ensuring we support the communities we serve and causes that are important to our employees.
Thousands of schools, community groups and charities across the UK have benefitted from donations. You can find details of previous successful applications in our quarterly newsletters.
'Save the Children believes that no child should be born without a chance. Our incredible partnership with FirstGroup has enabled us to transform the lives of people living in poverty in the UK today.'
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK