Site Charities

Across Leonardo’s UK sites, employees are engaged in a range of charitable initiatives that support local and national charities, raising tens of thousands of pounds that benefit people in the UK and overseas.

In Basildon, staff fundraise for several charities including ongoing support for the Women’s Aid charity, to which employees generously donate numerous gifts for residents of the Basildon Women’s Refuge, for Mother’s Day and Christmas.

Additionally, the Basildon site has organised collections, quiz nights, bake sales, sporting events and a sky dive to support charities including Sport Relief, Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in Need and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Our Edinburgh team is supporting the Harmeny Education Trust after staff voted it as their nominated charity. The charity helps the children to overcome enormous challenges in order to rebuild their lives.

Previously, our Edinburgh site was partnered with MND Scotland, for their preferred charity partnership for 2017-19. Employees in Edinburgh raised more than £14,000 during the partnership through a wide range of fundraising activities including bake sales, sponsored walks, a charity calendar, an annual Holyrood Fun Run, zip lining over the Clyde and pub quizzes.

Staff also support Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas by paying to wear their brightest and most outrageous Christmas jumpers to help raise funds for appeal.

In Farnham, the team raises money for the local Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, the only Hospice Care service for adult patients and their families, across the whole of West Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Other fundraising activities have included a cake sale and a member of staff and her son being sponsored to sleep rough for a night to raise money for Step by Step, a charity helping young people to sleep safer and give them a brighter future.

Since the start of 2018, our Luton employees have raised over £20,000 for several charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Keech Hospice Care and Combat Stress, through a golf day, cake sale, quiz nights and football tournament.

Employees also contribute to charity through a payroll lottery where people opt in to donate some of their monthly wage in return for entry into a lottery each month. Half of the money donated goes to charity.

In Southampton, staff have organised go-karting, cycling, running, football, bowling and golf competitions, as well as quizzes to raise money for Carers in Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

In Yeovil, the team, led by our energetic apprentices and graduates, raises funds for Mind in Somerset and the Yeovil Opportunity Group.

In recent years, Yeovil has previously raised more than £75,000 for School in a Bag, which delivers rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, orphan and disaster-affected children worldwide. The money raised by Yeovil employees has gone towards funding the building of a school in Bhotenamlang, Nepal, which some trainees have visited.