Site Charities

Across Leonardo’s UK sites, employees are engaged in a range of charitable initiatives that support local and national charities, raising tens of thousands of pounds that benefit people in the UK and overseas.

In Basildon, staff fundraise for St Luke’s Hospice which provides specialist palliative care for people living in the Basildon and Thurrock districts with any life threatening, life limiting disease.

In the past, the Basildon site has also organised collections, quiz nights, bake sales, sporting events and a sky dive to support charities including Sport Relief, Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in NeedMuscular Dystrophy UK and Women’s Aid.

Basildon apprentices are focused on fundraising for Combat Stress, for whom they raised over £1,000 in 2019.

Our Edinburgh team is supporting Harmeny Education Trust after staff voted it as their nominated charity. The charity helps children and young people aged 5-14 overcome enormous challenges in order to rebuild their lives.

Previously, our Edinburgh site was partnered with MND Scotland, for their preferred charity partnership for 2017-19. Employees in Edinburgh raised more than £14,000 during the partnership through a wide range of fundraising activities including bake sales, sponsored walks, a charity calendar, an annual Holyrood Fun Run, zip lining over the Clyde and pub quizzes.

Staff also support Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas by paying to wear their brightest and most outrageous Christmas jumpers to help raise funds for appeal.

In Farnham, the team raises money for the local Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, the only Hospice Care service for adult patients and their families, across the whole of West Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Other fundraising activities have included a cake sale and a member of staff and her son being sponsored to sleep rough for a night to raise money for Step by Step, a charity helping young people to sleep safer and give them a brighter future.

In Luton, our employees are fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society, the UK’s leading dementia charity, which campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure, and supports people living with dementia.

During 2018-2019, staff in Luton raised over £20,000 for several charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Keech Hospice Care and Combat Stress through a variety of activities including a golf day, cake sales, quiz nights and football tournament.

Employees also contribute to charity through a payroll lottery where people opt in to donate some of their monthly wage in return for entry into a lottery each month. Half of the money donated goes to charity.

In Southampton, staff have organised go-karting, cycling, running, football, bowling and golf competitions, as well as quizzes to raise money for Carers in Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

In Yeovil, the team, led by our energetic apprentices and graduates, is raising funds for Yeovil Hospital Charity's Breast Cancer Unit Appeal to improve the hospital's facilities and services.

In recent years, Yeovil has previously raised tens of thousands of pounds for Mind in Somerset, Yeovil Opportunity Group and School in a Bag, which delivers rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, orphan and disaster-affected children worldwide. Some of our trainees even visited a project in Bhotenamlang, Nepal, where money they had helped raise was towards funding the building of a school.

Supporting Injured Veterans

Supporting Injured Veterans

Leonardo is a long-time supporter of the UK’s Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team, which plays a powerful role in the recovery, transformation and personal freedom of wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans.

Apprentice Fundraising

Apprentices from across Leonardo’s UK sites undertake a variety of fundraising initiatives and have raised tens of thousands of pounds for several charities in recent years.

Apprentice Fundraising