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Supporting the Lord Mayor's Appeal

The December Court Luncheon was a jolly occasion this year, attended by a large number of our Liverymen who came along to network, catch up with old friends and hear about the Company’s work over the last year.  We were also delighted that the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, was able to join us, along with the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Samantha Bowman, and Mrs Emma Redcliffe, Sheriff’s Consort.

At the lunch, the Master presented the Lord Mayor with a donation to his Appeal, which this year has adopted a new angle: the Lord Mayor and his next two successors have agreed a three year plan for three charities, allowing a practical degree of continuity – donors can be more engaged and each charity can plan for three years of funding.  Presenting the cheque, the Master said, “this is an excellent plan and allows businesses, employees, communities and charities to work much more closely on these essential projects.”

This year, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will be supporting the work of  Place2B, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans:

Place2B seeks to deliver a transformational mental health programme to provide 180 schools in London access to emotional support, so that children will grow up with prospects rather than problems.

OnSide Youth Zones are a game-changer for young Londoners; with 5 new state of the art Youth Zones purpose-built to transform communities in areas of high deprivation in London, they will get young people off the streets and out of their bedrooms.

Samaritans will bring their expertise and a lifeline of support into the workplace to give employees the skills and confidence to support the emotional health of themselves and others.

The Master also noted that the City Beerfest this year raised £7,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and thanked all of our members and their colleagues who gave time and beer to make it happen.