The Charities and Communities group encourages and coordinates fundraising and volunteering within the firm. Every two years, the group ask for nominations from around the firm for 'firm charities' and we then focus our efforts on making a real difference for the chosen charities during their two year term.
We believe that choosing charities put forward by our people not only increases engagement with our fundraising efforts, but allows us to make a positive contribution to our people by supporting causes that are important to them.
On the 26 April 2018, twelve Kingsley Napley ‘celebrities’ each teamed up with a dancer, donned sequins and Cuban heels and took to the dancefloor to perform in the firm’s Strictly Come KN charity event, raising an incredible £16,000 for Mental Health Charity SANE and Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.
The firm is currently supporting the following charities:
The Islingon based charity was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness and to help reduce the stigma surrounding it.
SANE has three main objectives:
- to raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services
- to provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public
- to initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness
The charity provides emotional support via an evening helpline, textcare and a support forum among others – and it also has a virtual community entitled 'Young Sane', providing support for under 25s. The charity instigated the 'Black Dog Campaign', which many may be familiar with in respect of raising awareness about depression.
Research plays a central role to the charity's focus as well, including 'Sane on Suicide' which is focused on suicide prevention research.
Noah's Ark provides 'Hospice at Home' services for babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
Their inspirational nurses, carers, therapists and trained volunteers support children, and their families, in their home and at community-based activity days.
There are at least 1,169 seriously unwell children in Noah's Ark's north and central London catchment area. The charity currently supports 15% of these children but is growing its existing services at pace, with the aim of supporting 50% of these children by 2020. In addition, this September (2017), they will begin construction of a specialist children's hospice facility, which will be set on a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve.
Who we have helped in the past
Previously we have helped:
WellChild's vision is for all seriously ill children and young people in the UK to have the best quality of care whatever their diagnosis, situation or location. The charities and communities team feel that KN can provide support to WellChild by volunteering our time to assist their 'Helping Hands' programme, which involves making over the homes and gardens of the families caring for children and young people with complex care and health needs. Visit WellChild's website to read more.
Groundswell exists to enable homeless and vulnerable people to take more control of their lives, have a greater influence on services and to play a full role in our community. KN has the potential to make a real difference to this charity through fundraising efforts (including holding events throughout the year). A large portion of our Responsible Business budget will be donated to Groundswell. Visit Groundswell's website to read more.
ReachOut is a charity that changes the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities in London and Manchester through one-to-one mentoring.
The Boxing Academy offers an alternative education pathway for students between the ages of thirteen and sixteen who are at risk of educational exclusion.
Demand transforms the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of bespoke equipment.