The funds will be used to support ZCT’s existing national and local charity partnerships, all chosen by Zurich’s 4,500 UK employees representing a cross-section of the sector.
At a national level, ZCT has increased its funding this year to £150,000 to existing partner, Dementia UK. With further support and commitment for those living with and caring for someone with dementia by donating £75,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the ‘Insurance United Against Dementia’ campaign.
An additional initial £25,000 has been awarded to the Wiltshire Community Foundation for the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response fund to help the wider community and voluntary sector given Zurich’s significant presence and history in Swindon and surrounding areas.
To bolster ZCT’s financial support, all partner charities are being contacted to see how Zurich’s employees can support them with skills-based assistance.
Steve Grimmett, head of Zurich Community Trust said: “We are acutely aware of the huge impact Covid-19 is already having on charities. We’ve all seen how fundraising is being hit hard already at a time when demand for charities’ services are increasing along with the costs incurred to deliver these.
“In response, we are focusing our funding towards charities we have existing relationships with who are working to support individuals and communities hit hardest. We are working in partnership and will be here to support organisations over the coming weeks and months.”
He added: “At the same time, we’re looking at ways to deploy the support of our employees who are keen to share valuable skills and expertise with those working on the front line.”