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From cooking lessons to morning raves: London prepares for landmark charity day

A London charity is calling on companies in the City to take part in a new format fundraising event as the country continues to ease out of lockdown.

The annual City Giving Day, which takes place on 22 September 2020, is one of London’s largest charity events.

Like many other charitable events, the organisers have had to find ways to adapt to the current climate, which for the first time will include a mixture of offline and online events to help raise money for good causes.

The event is being organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which brings together businesses, employees, neighbouring communities, and charities to find solutions to some of the Capital’s most pressing societal issues.

The day will include karaoke nights, morning raves, talks and cooking lessons – all organised by companies and their employees. As well as the online activities, there will be the annual treasure hunt and City Walk which will give opportunities to explore the City in a safe way.

Caroline Wright, Chief Executive Officer of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal says:

City Giving Day brings together the City of London and beyond to celebrate all the fantastic philanthropic and volunteering work that has been done throughout the year.

It is a day of celebration and this year it will be more important than ever to reflect back on the past few months and applaud and celebrate the collaboration during this crisis and the support that organisations have given through various channels to their communities and frontline workers.

More than 400 companies took part in the 2019 City Giving Day, involving around 5,000 employees. Together, they managed to raise more than £500,000 for good causes, while at the same time highlighting some of the charitable work undertaken by London companies.

In the past, the day has supported a number of charities through the money raised, including the Samaritans, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and Place2Be, which aims to support children’s mental health in schools.

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