UNICEF & Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launch LSEG’s fifth annual Charity Trading Day

  • Today’s share trading fees to be donated to charity
  • Aim to raise over £400,000
  • UNICEF and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust open London market
  • #LSEGCharityTradingDay

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) will today donate a day’s worth of share trading fees from across all of our markets - London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and Turquoise – to charity. Distributed through the LSEG Foundation, the money raised will help support a wide range of charities in the communities in which the Group operates.

To mark the occasion, Donald Brydon, Chairman, LSEG, welcomed Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, and Frank Fletcher, CEO, of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT), as well as Mark Devlin, COO of Unicef UK, and Emma Sinclair, Unicef UK Business Mentor and Entrepreneur, and a host of representatives from both charities, to open trading on London’s markets this morning. They were joined by children from Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School, young people from Croydon College, as well as LSEG employees, many of whom have raised thousands of pounds for charity throughout the year.

Donald Brydon, Chairman, LSEG said:
“We are pleased to welcome two inspirational charities, UNICEF and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to London Stock Exchange today to open the London market at the start of what we hope will be a buoyant day of trading. The support of all of our customers and employees in helping to raise money for these important causes is crucial. These charities are an inspiration to us all and we will continue through our Foundation to support them in all of their hard work.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust said:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to the London Stock Exchange Group Foundation on behalf of almost 1500 young people we have worked with since 2003. The incredible support you are offering will enable us to take a further 667 young people in recovery from cancer, on four-day sailing trips for the first time over the next three years. These trips are often life changing, and we are overjoyed that we will be able to reach more young people. Thank you!”

Mark Devlin, COO, Unicef UK said:
“Congratulations to all involved in today’s event. Unicef UK is delighted to work so closely with the London Stock Exchange Group Foundation which has supported us in providing clean water, nutritional supplements and vital medicine to millions of children across the world. Recently London Stock Exchange Group supported our emergency work in Nepal, when the country was hit by a deadly earthquake, allowing us to reach out to affected children whose lives had been turned upside down.”   

Since launching the Charity Trading Day, trading fees totalling £2 million have been donated to more than 80 charities through the LSEG Foundation, which has donated over £3.5 million to charity since its launch in 2010.

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About London Stock Exchange Foundation

London Stock Exchange Group Foundation is a charitable trust set up through the Charities Aid Foundation and is the single channel for London Stock Exchange Group’s charitable giving. The Foundation looks to fund significant endeavours and to make investments in the communities in which it operates across the Group in the UK, Italy and Sri Lanka. It provides corporate giving that is integrated with the Group’s brand values and facilitates employee community involvement. The Foundation focuses on initiatives aimed at helping young and disadvantaged people to reach their full potential, through the development of life skills and business enterprise

About the Charities

UNICEF – partnering the world over www.unicef.org.uk

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  Unicef UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk

UNICEF and FTSE have been in partnership for the last 19 years and have donated £3m to projects such as HIV/AIDS prevention, life saving polio vaccination and rain water harvesting in Mozambique.  London Stock Exchange Group began supporting UNICEF in 2013 and have recently supported appeals such as Typhoon Haiyan

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/

The Trust was launched by the internationally-renowned sailor Ellen MacArthur on 2 January 2003. It is a national organisation that gives young people between the ages of 8-24 who are in recovery from cancer the opportunity to take part in the new and fantastic experience of sailing. The majority of the young people who sail for the first time have finished treatment and are in the very difficult process of trying to put their lives back together. 

Those aged 8-17 can continue to sail with the Trust every year up until their 18th birthday, and the Trust tries and invites those aged 18-24 to return to sail at least once.  After this, many continue sailing with the Trust as Volunteers by going through the Graduate Volunteer programme.