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The season of goodwill is fast approaching, but here at FMB we are involved in community projects and charity work all year round.

FMB has always supported local events and clubs; having begun in Endmoor we are proud to sponsor the shirts for Endmoor KGR Football Club. We also support Kendal Bowling League, Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club and Levens Choir.

This year we have supported events such as the WI Charity Gala, The King Singers event for St John’s Hospice, the Annual Rotary Golf Day at Kirkby Lonsdale and this month, the Brathay Trust’s 70th Anniversary Gala.

We held a retirement seminar last month where volunteers from Cumbria Voluntary Service, The University of the Third Age and Lakeland Voice Choir presented to over 50 of our clients. For kindly giving up their time, we made £100 donations to charities of their choice which included The Bendrigg Trust and Cumbria Voluntary Services itself.

It’s not just about the money though; as much as we know that is appreciated, we provide our team with opportunities to get involved in charity work within office hours, which you have probably seen in past newsletters with our fundraising efforts for Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool (South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust). At last count, we have raised £15,146 for this fantastic local charity. We also encourage our team to promote their own fundraising endeavours within the workplace too; at the moment, one of our financial planners, Louise Phillips, is currently raising money for Royal Lancaster Infirmary Neonatal Unit through Webb Ivory fundraising catalogue orders, a charity very close to her heart.

We have two Trustees amongst our staff; Ruth Power who is on the board of South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust and Roger Jackson who is Vice Chair of the board of Trustees at South Lakeland Carers.

Since becoming a Trustee with SLC, Roger has been working with the charity pro-bono to implement a pension scheme for their staff. Last week, Joss Hardisty from SLC visited our office to give a really useful presentation to our team which explained the work of the South Lakes Carers and how they might be able to help our staff and clients. It is great to be able to support the charity and promote the work it does.

Some of our clients are charities themselves, and we work with organisations such as Eden Mencap on their staff pension scheme. Eden Mencap provides support and opportunities throughout the Eden Valley from their offices based in Penrith. Their services specialise in learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder meeting individual needs. At the moment they are raising funds to buy the building that they provide services from and are asking for brick by brick donations to help them hit their £200,000 target.

FMB have signed up to help and we would like to kindly ask clients, especially those in the Eden Valley area, to join us. You can buy a brick from as little as £15 which will go a long way to helping secure the future and sustainability of the organisation.

Find out more about the ‘donate a brick’ scheme and how you can help on their website by clicking HERE

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