First employees raise £500,000 from payroll giving

Employees from FirstGroup have raised a total of £500,000 for charities by pledging portions of their monthly salaries over the past four years.

More than 1,000 employees from the group have signed up to make tax-efficient, monthly donations to registered charities through the company’s payroll giving scheme in the UK.

The £500,000 milestone was achieved just ahead of #GivingTuesday, a global campaign on Tuesday 29 November that aims to use social media to collect millions of pounds for good causes.

“We’re hugely proud to have reached such a significant milestone through the generosity of our people,” says Kate Broome, group director of corporate responsibility, FirstGroup.

Employees are free to support any registered charity they wish through payroll giving, although if they opt for FirstGroup’s charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK, the company matches their first month’s donation.

The partnership between FirstGroup and Prostate Cancer UK, which began in April 2015, aims to provide more than £1million of support for the charity’s work in helping men to survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. More than £440,000 has been achieved through the partnership to date.

“FirstGroup employees have been an incredible support to Prostate Cancer UK,” says James Beeby, director of fundraising, Prostate Cancer UK. “We are so grateful to those that are donating a portion of their wages to help us tackle the disease head on. Raising this money for Prostate Cancer UK, from payroll giving is incredible and is going to contribute in funding ground-breaking research that will help save men’s lives.”

Suzie Power, corporate development manager at Payroll Giving in Action, adds: “FirstGroup’s Payroll Giving scheme is a win for everyone: it drives employee pride; helps employees to give tax efficiently to charities of their choice; and, most importantly, is a vital source of regular and sustainable income for the hundreds of different charities who receive donations from colleagues.”