Today's share trading fees to be donated to charity with aim to raise over £40,000
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) will today donate a day's worth of share trading fees from across all of its markets – London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and Turquoise – to charity. Distributed through the LSEG Foundation, the money raised will help support a wide range of charities in the communities in which the Group operates.
To mark the occasion, Donald Brydon, Chairman, LSEG, welcomed Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, and Frank Fletcher, CEO, of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT), as well as Mark Devlin, COO of Unicef UK, and Emma Sinclair, Unicef UK Business Mentor and Entrepreneur, and a host of representatives from both charities, to open trading on London's markets this morning. They were joined by children from Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School, young people from Croydon College, as well as LSEG employees, many of whom have raised thousands of pounds for charity throughout the year.
Donald Brydon, Chairman, LSEG said:
"We are pleased to welcome two inspirational charities, UNICEF and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to London Stock Exchange today to open the London market at the start of what we hope will be a buoyant day of trading. The support of all of our customers and employees in helping to raise money for these important causes is crucial. These charities are an inspiration to us all and we will continue through our Foundation to support them in all of their hard work."
Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust said:
"I would like to say a huge thank you to the London Stock Exchange Group Foundation on behalf of almost 1500 young people we have worked with since 2003. The incredible support you are offering will enable us to take a further 667 young people in recovery from cancer, on four-day sailing trips for the first time over the next three years. These trips are often life changing, and we are overjoyed that we will be able to reach more young people. Thank you!"
Mark Devlin, COO, Unicef UK said:
"Congratulations to all involved in today's event. Unicef UK is delighted to work so closely with the London Stock Exchange Group Foundation which has supported us in providing clean water, nutritional supplements and vital medicine to millions of children across the world. Recently London Stock Exchange Group supported our emergency work in Nepal, when the country was hit by a deadly earthquake, allowing us to reach out to affected children whose lives had been turned upside down."
Since launching the Charity Trading Day, trading fees totalling £2 million have been donated to more than 80 charities through the LSEG Foundation, which has donated over £3.5 million to charity since its launch in 2010.