Changing Lives and Making it Count
We care about people – and not just in the workplace. Personal Assurance Charity Trust (PACT) has donated £2m to charitable causes since it was founded in 1993. The Group gives £100,000 a year to the Trust to help individuals and communities in need – from building schools and developing education programmes in Africa, to helping adults and children with life-limiting illnesses in hospices a little closer to home.
Since 2015, Personal Group has supported the Memusi Foundation – a charity that works to provide children in Kenya with access to quality education, providing a safe place for children to learn and giving support to the surrounding community. We pledged that over a decade we would provide £0.5m to build and develop a school, known as Memusi B. The doors to the school have already opened and students are performing well, with one student recently receiving a mean grade of 500/500 – an unheard of standard in the country. Once complete, the school will be the biggest education institution in Kajiado County with a capacity for 800 children.
Twice a year, we also send out groups of Personal Group employees to volunteer at Memusi B school and the schools in the area that Memusi Foundation supports. Over 50 people from our organisation have made the trip so far, making a real difference on the ground and truly making it count.
Memusi B in numbers
- June 2015 - the foundations were laid for the first classrooms
- January 2016 saw the first students start at the school
- 10 teachers are currently providing education for over 200 students
- 2 classrooms are being built each year to help expand the school
As well as the school, we support Memusi Foundation with funding for providing free school meals for children who may otherwise not have a chance to eat, free healthcare, dental support and medicine for children and adults in the community, education and practical help for girls' health, development and education for empowering women and young girls who would otherwise miss out on life-changing education, evening courses for adult education to improve community literacy, and have bought chickens to help provide food and a sustainable source of income for the schools.
Not only have we changed the lives of students at the school, our impact has spread to the wider community too. Our plans are to support Memusi until at least 2022, giving us the opportunity to change the lives of many more.
Launched back in 2011, our dedicated CAT team looks after the relationship with our Charity of The Year. As well as a donation from PACT, Personal Group employees run internal fundraisers throughout the year to make a difference to the chosen charity that year.
We are currently supporting local charity Milton Keynes Food Bank and have previously funded Willen Hospice, Little Lives, Alzheimer's Society, The Henry Allen Trust, and Keech Hospice through this vital programme.
Power to Our People
Every Personal Group employee gets £100 each year to donate from PACT to a charity of their choice, and, as well as this, we match any fundraising that they do outside of work with a donation for up to £250.