We are proud to support the Mental Health Foundation and the Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).
The Mental Health Foundation focuses on the prevention of mental health problems. The charity equips the public with evidence-based information and undertakes research and policy work to ensure that mental health is better understood and addressed at all levels.
The BDFA is a national charity that aims to support families, raise awareness and facilitate research into a group of devastating neurodegenerative diseases commonly known as Batten disease (or Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses).
In the UK, we encourage our employees to participate in the Lloyd’s Community Programme, which runs initiatives that benefit our local community. The programme particularly supports the development of local schools in East London.
We are also proud sponsors of Rosslyn Park, a rugby union club based in London. The club has one of the country's largest mini and youth rugby set-ups, with teams from under-6s upwards. Its aim is to teach the basic skills of the game and instil a love of rugby in young players.
In the US, our employees support Covenant House, a charity for homeless young people with a network of shelters across the Americas. In recent years, BMS staff have helped raise almost $500,000 for the charity. This was partly through spending a night sleeping on the streets in solidarity with homeless children in New York.
BMS US Vice Chairman, Andrew Bustillo, who is also Chair of the charity, says: “The funds raised will make an immediate difference, helping us not only to provide food, clothing and shelter, but also counselling and job training.”
In Canada, our employees have engaged with our local community through a range of programmes and events:
BMS staff helped prepare soups at an event run by charity Soup Sisters to feed young people at various shelters in Ottawa.
Our team also participated in OttawaReads, a school/business partnership where employees read to local school children every week.
BMS staff and clients also took part in a cooking event where, under the instruction of a professional chef, they created a range of freezer-friendly meals for the Parkdale Food Bank.